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EEOC Verdicts and Settlements — August 2011

Published by on September 29, 2011

Our update on EEOC Verdicts and Settlements for August 2011 after the break. MS – Analytic Stress Relieving, Inc. agreed to pay $75,000 to settle a sex-based retaliation lawsuit brought on behalf of a terminated female employee.  The suit alleged that the company terminated the employee because she complained that her supervisor had sexual harassed her […]

Our update on EEOC Verdicts and Settlements for August 2011 after the break.

MS – Analytic Stress Relieving, Inc. agreed to pay $75,000 to settle a sex-based retaliation lawsuit brought on behalf of a terminated female employee.  The suit alleged that the company terminated the employee because she complained that her supervisor had sexual harassed her in the workplace. 

AR – Rock-Tenn Company will pay $160,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit brought on behalf of a female employees.  The suit alleged that the company failed to take action to prevent the sexual harassment of female employees by a male co-worker. 

CA – The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc. agreed to pay $120,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of a former driver.  The suit alleged that Pepsi terminated the employee because of job abandonment when, in fact, he had properly reported to his supervisor that he could not finish his route because he needed to take medical leave because of his disability. 

MD – The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington will pay $100,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a former assistant teacher.  The suit alleged that the Jewish Community Center denied the employee accommodation, demoted her to a lower-paying position, and ultimately, removed her from the preschool because of her hearing impairment.

TX – A developer of housing facilities will pay $50,000 to settle an age discrimination and retaliation lawsuit brought on behalf of a former employee.  The suit alleges that the company’s director of market research expressed concerns about the employee being too old to connect with college-age residents.  When the employee learned about the age-based comments, she complained to management and was subsequently fired. 

TN – William County Sausage Company settled a wage discrimination and racial harassment lawsuit for $60,000.  The suit alleged that the company paid an African-American maintenance worker less than white workers and subjected him to a hostile work environment. 

CA – MV Transportation settled a gender discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of two former bus cleaners who alleged that they were treated differently and ultimately terminated because of their gender.  The company will pay $35,000 to the former employees. 

MN – Woodman’s Food Market’s, Inc. has agreed to pay $35,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a former employee.  The suit alleged that the company terminated an employee who worked as a clerk in its gas station because she had a back condition that prevented her from lifting more than ten pounds. 

NY – A federal court ruled that Dresser-Rand Company, a heavy manufacturing company, would pay full damages to an employee who was terminated in 2004.  A federal court had previous ruled that the company had engaged in religious discrimination, and the company had attempted to limit back pay damages by arguing that the employee could have attended community college for retraining.

IN – The Wild Beaver Saloon in Indianapolis agreed to pay $45,000 to settle a pregnancy discrimination suit brought on behalf of a former bartender and server.  The suit alleged that the Saloon terminated the employee because of her pregnancy.

NY – New York University will pay $210,000 to settle a race and national origin harassment and retaliation lawsuit brought on behalf of an African-born employee.  The suit alleged that a supervisor in NYU’s library mailroom regularly addressed the employee with slurs, criticized the employee’s accent as “gibberish” and expressed hostility toward immigrants.  NYU allegedly took months to investigate the behavior and took almost no corrective action. 

VA – Lawrence Transportation Systems agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a Rastafarian job applicant.  The suit alleged that the company refused to hire the applicant because he wore his hair in dreadlocks.

HI – ITT Corporation will pay $215,000 to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit brought on behalf of a female firefighter.  The suit alleged that the employee’s male coworkers and supervisors subjected her to overtly sexual remarks and drawings and that they watched pornographic programs in her presence.  After the employee complained she was reassigned and disciplined. 

TX – Starbucks Coffee Company agreed to pay $75,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a job applicant with dwarfism.  The suit alleged that the job applicant was denied the opportunity to work for the company despite her suggestions that she could use a stool or stepladder to perform some of the job duties of preparing orders and serving customers. 

TX – Wal-Mart Stores will pay $27,500 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit brought on behalf of an overnight stocker.  The suit alleged that a male security guard sexually harassed the employee, including subjecting her to unwanted verbal remarks and physical touching, and that that management disregarded the employee’s complaints about the harassment. 

CA – New United Motors & Manufacturing, Inc., an auto plant, agreed to pay $6 million to settle a class action lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The suit alleged that when the auto plant closed, it denied severance benefits and transitional services to workers on medical leave. 

MN – 3M will pay $3 million to settle a class action age discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of former employees.  The suit charged that 3M unlawfully laid off hundreds of employees over age 45 to save money and cut salaries. 

AR – Forest City Grocery Company agreed to pay $125,000 to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a job applicant.  The suit alleged that the company told the applicant that the job of salesman was too dangerous for a woman and that she would not be a good mother if she was on the road meeting customers. 

AR – Premier Well Services, LLC will pay $30,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of an applicant who the company allegedly refused to hire because of his religious beliefs.

TX – Briggs Equipment, Inc. agreed to pay $112,000 to settle a race discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a former employee.  The suit alleged that the company terminated the employee because of his race and that the employee was subjected to a racially hostile work environment where his supervisors blatantly referred to him with racial epithets and made racist jokes.

 NC – Huntersville Seafood, Inc. will pay $86,000 to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit brought on behalf of a male employee.  The suit alleged that male employees were sexually harassed physically and verbally by a male coworker, and that when the employee complained, he was discharged.   

CNMI – AA Enterprises, Inc., a gas station company in Saipan, agreed to pay $80,000 to settle a pregnancy discrimination and retaliation lawsuit brought on behalf of four female non-resident gas station workers.  The suit alleged that the company forced the workers to pay for their own pregnancy-related medical expenses while covering the expenses of employees with other medical conditions.  

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