Five women sue Maker's Mark

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Five women are suing Maker's Mark Distillery Inc. in federal court, claiming discrimination and sexual harassment.

All of the women have worked on the bottling line, dipping the bottles of bourbon whiskey in red wax.

The Courier-Journal reports the suit claims the company kept women on the bottling line while a sought-after forklift-driving job went to less qualified male workers.

It also claims that inappropriate sexual comments met with management indifference and retaliation, including the firing of one of the five workers.

Maker's Mark spokeswoman Paula Erickson declined to comment on the lawsuit.

The company has not yet responded to the suit in court.

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