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EEOC Verdicts and Settlements — August 2010

Published by on September 21, 2010

Our latest update on EEOC verdicts and settlements for August 2010 after the break NC – A chicken processor, Mountaire Farms, Inc., agreed to pay $40,000 to settle a retaliation suit brought by the EEOC on behalf of a former employee who alleged she was given a negative performance evaluation and then fired in retaliation […]

Our latest update on EEOC verdicts and settlements for August 2010 after the break

NC – A chicken processor, Mountaire Farms, Inc., agreed to pay $40,000 to settle a retaliation suit brought by the EEOC on behalf of a former employee who alleged she was given a negative performance evaluation and then fired in retaliation for complaining about racial discrimination by her supervisor.

HI – 7-Eleven of Hawaii will pay $10,000 to settle a disability discrimination suit and appeal.  The suit was brought on behalf of a former employee who alleged that confidential medical information was disclosed to a prospective employer, who later rescinded a job offer.

AZ – A truck stop agreed to pay $70,000 to settle a sexual harassment suit filed on behalf of two female employees who alleged they were repeatedly harassed by customers.

MD – Three property management companies will pay $106,500 to settle a national origin discrimination and retaliation suit filed on behalf of a group of Hispanic employees who alleged they were harassed and discriminated against by the companies, including being ordered to speak only English in the workplace.  Aside from the monetary relief, the consent decree includes injunctions against discrimination and mandatory anti-discrimination training, and states that employees will be permitted to speak languages other than English in the workplace, so long as it poses no “business hardship.”

TX – AT&T Services, Inc. agreed to settle a disability discrimination suit for $60,000.  The suit was brought on behalf of a job applicant who alleged he was not hired for a technician job because of his type 2 diabetes.

MN – An appliance manufacturer agreed to modify meal break schedules for Muslim employees as part of the settlement of a religious accommodation charge brought by a group of employees who requested an accommodation for the observation of Ramadan.

KY – The owner and operator of a Pizza Hut agreed to settle a pregnancy and disability discrimination suit filed on behalf of a pregnant employee who alleged that the company disclosed her medical information with co-workers, reduced her work hours, and discharged her because of her pregnancy and in retaliation for complaining about the discrimination.  The settlement consists of back pay and a neutral employment reference for the employee.

CA – An aircraft services provider agreed to pay $600,000 to settle a national origin, race, and sex harassment suit brought on behalf of a group of male employees who alleged they were subject to harassing comments concerning their national origin, as well as sexually harassed, by a male co-worker who was subsequently promoted to a supervisory position.

TX – The owners and producers of the television show “Cheaters” paid $50,000 to settle a sexual harassment suit brought on behalf of two female office assistants who alleged they were subject to sexual harassment by the owner and managers. 

NY – A roofing company agreed to pay $1 million to settle a race discrimination suit brought on behalf of a group of African-American employees who alleged they were subject to a pattern of racial harassment and disparate treatment in job assignments and promotions because of their race.

MD – Axiom staffing will pay $35,000 to settle a disability discrimination suit brought on behalf of an applicant who alleged the company refused to place her because of her back impairment.

OK – A pizza restaurant agreed to pay $40,000 to settle a sexual harassment suit brought on behalf of a female employee who alleged she was sexually harassed by the manager.

NC – A construction company will pay $30,000 to settle a race harassment and retaliation suit brought on behalf of an African-American employee who alleged he was harassed because of his race and then discharged for complaining about it.

TN – Paramount Staffing, Inc. agreed to a $585,000 settlement in a race and national origin discrimination suit filed on behalf of a class of African Americans who alleged they were not placed into warehouse positions because of their race, and that Hispanic workers were preferred for the positions.

TX – Finch Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. will pay $80,000 to settle a sexual harassment and constructive discharge suit brought on behalf of a group of female employees who alleged they were subject to sexual harassment by the owner.

GA – A cleaning service company agreed to pay $25,000 to settle a gender discrimination suit brought on behalf of a female supervisor who alleged she was fired because her manager wanted a male supervisor instead.

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