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EEOC Verdicts and Settlements — March 2013

Published by on April 11, 2013

Our report on EEOC verdicts and settlements for March 2013 is after the break. NY – Grand Central Partnership will pay $135,000 to settle an employment discrimination and retaliation lawsuit.  The suit alleged that the developer fired a black employee who complained about threats of violence and racism. CO – Western Trading Company, Inc. will […]

Our report on EEOC verdicts and settlements for March 2013 is after the break.

NY – Grand Central Partnership will pay $135,000 to settle an employment discrimination and retaliation lawsuit.  The suit alleged that the developer fired a black employee who complained about threats of violence and racism.

CO – Western Trading Company, Inc. will pay $109,000 to an employee in a disability discrimination case.  The suit alleged that the employee was fired because of his seizure disorder.  The man was employed less than a week before suffering a seizure on the job.  He was allowed to return to work after providing three medical releases, but was terminated after the company then learned he had suffered a second seizure outside of work.

MI – The owner of a Detroit Comfort Inn & Suites will pay $27,500 to settle a pregnancy discrimination suit.  The suit alleged that the company fired a housekeeper after she reported her pregnancy.  The company claimed she wouldn’t be able to continue working because of the potential harm it would inflict on her unborn child.

NY – Day & Zimmerman will pay $190,000 to settle a racial discrimination case.  The suit alleged that an African-American employee was constantly harassed by his manager and was fired after complaining.  The company created a hostile work environment by subjecting the employee to daily physical and verbal racial harassment for over a year.  The employee had to endure negative comments about African-Americans, racist jokes, and being tripped and kicked.  He was fired less than an hour after a meeting was finally arranged with company management to discuss the issues.

WI – University School of Milwaukee will pay $37,500 in a pregnancy discrimination suit.  The suit alleged that a coordinator in the after-school program was fired because of her pregnancy.

CO – The Spud Seller, Inc., a potato wholesaler, will pay $225,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit.   The suit alleged that ten female employees were sexually harassed by the same supervisor over a six-year period.  The ten women, who worked as potato sorters, alleged that the supervisor made sexual comments, groped them, exposed himself, and solicited sexual acts.  The supervisor was terminated in 2012.

TX – Senior Living Properties, LLC will pay $42,500 to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit.  The company’s dietary services manager asked to be excused from working Sundays based on her Christian faith’s observance of the day as a day of rest.  The company respected the request for three years until a new administrator was hired, and the employee was told she would have to work and that God would excuse her because she worked in the health care field.

OK – Voss Electric Co. will pay $82,500 to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit.  A qualified applicant was denied a job because his religious beliefs differed from those of the company.  After his interview, the supervisor only forwarded the applicant’s religious views, but none of his credentials, to the branch manager who would be making the hiring decision.

AZ – Outback Steakhouse will pay $65,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit.  The restaurant fired a server because of his traumatic brain injury.  The employee had previously worked well as a server, but was fired after a new manager took over the Phoenix location.

AK – Ozarks Electric will pay $95,000 to settle a religious discrimination suit.  The suit alleged that the company failed to provide an employee with reasonable religious accommodations and then fired her.  The company denied the employee a day off in order to attend a Jehovah’s Witness convention, and when she chose to miss work to attend, she was terminated.

FL – East Coast Waffles, Inc. will pay $25,000 to an inappropriately terminated employee.  The suit alleged that the employee was fired after complaining about race-based harassment by several customers.

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