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EEOC Verdicts and Settlements — June 2011

Published by on August 8, 2011

Our update on EEOC verdicts and settlements for June 2011 after the break. IN – Dots, Inc., a national women’s clothing retailer, agreed to pay $246,500 to settle a class action race discrimination law suit brought on behalf of 32 white applicants who contended that Dots regularly hired black entry-level applicants for sales positions but […]

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

IN – Dots, Inc., a national women’s clothing retailer, agreed to pay $246,500 to settle a class action race discrimination law suit brought on behalf of 32 white applicants who contended that Dots regularly hired black entry-level applicants for sales positions but excluded white applicants who were equally or better qualified.

SC – A group of temporary staffing firms and one of its clients, a subcontractor, agreed to pay $42,500 to settle a national origin discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of an individual who claimed that she was not allowed to work on a project because she was not born in the United States, even though she is a U.S. citizen.

MO – A shelter for women who have been victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse agreed to pay $103,000 to settle a lawsuit brought on behalf of two employees who alleged they were retaliated against for reporting sexual harassment by the shelter’s executive director.

IL – A federal court in Peoria returned a verdict for $600,000 against AutoZone, Inc. for failure to provide reasonable accommodation to a disabled sales manager. The EEOC charged that AutoZone required the manager to perform certain non-essential duties that violated his medical restrictions.

MN – Herzog Roofing agreed to pay $71,500 to settle a racial harassment claim brought on behalf of seven current employees and racial harassment and retaliation charges brought on behalf of one former employee. The harassment was allegedly perpetuated by supervisors and did not stop despite complaints to senior management.

GA – Advance Industrial Fabrications, Inc. agreed to pay $35,000 to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a former employee who alleged she was terminated within a month of disclosing her pregnancy status to the company president.

HI – East Hawaii Veterinary Center, LLC will pay $101,000 to settle a federal sexual and gender-based harassment suit on behalf of female employees who alleged harassing conduct by the co-owner of the clinic.

MD – Norfolk Southern Railway Corporation will pay $60,000 to settle a federal sex discrimination lawsuit alleging that the railroad removed a female employee from a yardmaster training class based on her sex.

NC – Ricoh Americas Corporation has agreed to pay $125,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging harassment based on race and national origin and retaliation against the employees after they complained about the harassment.

NM – Sonic Drive-In of Los Lunas, Ltd. has agreed to settle a sex discrimination and retaliation lawsuit for $2 million brought on behalf of a class of female employees.

IN – Finish Line, Inc. settled a disability discrimination lawsuit for $38,000 brought on behalf of an employee who alleged that the company refused to reasonably accommodate her disability.

TX – ENGlobal will pay $100,000 to settle an EEOC disability discrimination suit brought on behalf of an employee who alleged that the company unlawfully terminated his employment.

MD – A surveying company agreed to pay $77,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of two employees who alleged they were terminated based on their health conditions.

MI – LensCrafters will pay $192,500 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit brought on behalf of a male employee who claimed he was subjected to a sexually hostile work environment.

MD – Denny’s, Inc. agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle a lawsuit brought on behalf of an employee who alleged that the restaurant refused to provide her with reasonable accommodations for her disability, including additional leave time.

NC – Dolgencorp, LLC will pay $50,000 to three former female employees to settle a sexual harassment suit alleging that the women were harassed by a male store manager.

AZ – A federal judge in Phoenix found that Subway fast-food restaurant engaged in intentional pregnancy discrimination when it refused to hire a female job applicant because she was pregnant.

IA – A federal district court judge entered a consent decree resolving an age discrimination lawsuit and awarding a $65,000 to an individual who alleged that the City of Boone, Iowa hired a younger applicant for the job.

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