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EEOC Verdicts and Settlements — July 2011

Published by on August 31, 2011

Our update on EEOC verdicts and settlements for July 2011 after the break. NM – Genesco, Inc., a national shoe retailer, agreed to pay $20,000 to settle a sex discrimination and retaliation lawsuit brought on behalf of three teenaged female workers.  The charges alleged that Genesco subjected the workers to sexual harassment by an assistant […]

Our update on EEOC verdicts and settlements for July 2011 after the break.

NM – Genesco, Inc., a national shoe retailer, agreed to pay $20,000 to settle a sex discrimination and retaliation lawsuit brought on behalf of three teenaged female workers.  The charges alleged that Genesco subjected the workers to sexual harassment by an assistant manager and then retaliated against them for complaining. 

AZ – Terminix will pay $140,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit brought on behalf of two female employees who claimed they were repeatedly sexually harassed by their supervisor.  The suit alleged that other supervisors were aware for the misconduct but did not address it. 

CA – Target Corporation agreed to pay $160,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of a cart attendant with cerebral palsy. The suit alleged that Target failed to provide the necessary accommodation of a job coach for the employee to perform his duties with his disability. 

MD – Verizon Communications will pay $20 million and provide additional equitable relief to settle a national class disability discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of hundreds of employees.  The suit alleged that Verizon unlawfully denied reasonable accommodations to the employees and either disciplined or fired them based on its “no fault” attendance policy. 

AR – Great Lakes Chemical Corporation agreed to pay $80,000 to settle a racial discrimination lawsuit.  The suit alleged that Great Lakes terminated several employees based on discriminatory and subjective evaluations. 

MD – A construction company will pay $230,000 to settle a gender harassment and retaliation lawsuit.  The suit alleged that the company subjected an employee to a sexually hostile work environment and then fired her in retaliation for her complaints about it. 

WI – A federal district court entered a consent decree that provides that Richardson Industries, Inc., a building product company, will pay $22,500 to a former employee who alleged that she was sexually harassed by a supervisor at the company Christmas party. 

OK – A federal court found that Abercrombie & Fitch had committed religious discrimination by refusing to hire an individual because she was wearing a hijab when she was interviewed.  Damages will be determined by a jury.

DC – Cavalier Telephone Company, Inc. agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit charging that the company had a practice of not hiring applicants age 40 or older for sales and account executive positions.  The EEOC also alleged that the Company retaliated against two employees for complaining about the discriminatory hiring practices. 

WA – Mason County Forest Products will pay $900,000 to settle a sexual harassment, sex discrimination, and retaliation case brought on behalf of two female workers.  The lawsuit alleged that the women faced widespread hostility which upper management ignored.

 GA – Resource Real Estate Management, Inc. agreed to pay $335,000 to settle an age discrimination law suit brought on behalf of three management-level employees.  The suit alleged that the company fired the three employees, aged 53, 60, and 64, and subsequently hired 14 employees under age 40 to create a younger image. 

OK – Bank of the West will pay $48,000 to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit.  The suit alleged that the Bank refused to hire an Oklahoma City woman for a branch manager position because of her gender even thought they acknowledged that she was the best-qualified candidate for the job. 

IL – Promens USA, Inc., a plastics manufacturer, agreed to pay $225,000 to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of four women.  The suit alleged sexual harassment and discrimination and that Promens deliberately excluded women from higher-paying jobs.

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