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EEOC Verdicts and Settlements — November 2011

Published by on February 8, 2012

Our update on EEOC verdicts and settlements from November 2011 after the break. OK – Sears, Roebuck & Co. agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a race, sex, and age discrimination and retaliation lawsuit brought on behalf of a former employee. The suit alleged that the company declined to promote the employee and instead promoted […]

Our update on EEOC verdicts and settlements from November 2011 after the break.

OK – Sears, Roebuck & Co. agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a race, sex, and age discrimination and retaliation lawsuit brought on behalf of a former employee. The suit alleged that the company declined to promote the employee and instead promoted younger white male employees and then retaliated against the employee after she filed an EEOC discrimination charge.

CO – Maverik, Inc. will pay $115,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of an HIV-positive bakery clerk. The suit alleged that the company failed to make reasonable accommodation for the employee and then terminated the employee because of an alleged fear that he should not be working with food.

CA – Tarsadia Hotels agreed to pay $132,500 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a hotel clerk with autism. The suit alleged that the company denied reasonable accommodation, disciplined, and ultimately terminated the clerk due to his disability.

NC – An electric company in Winston-Salem will pay $40,000 to settle a race discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a former employee. The suit alleged that the company erroneously terminated a black employee who had no authority over damage that was done to light fixtures, while refusing to discipline or terminate the white project supervisors.

NC – A staffing company agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a disabled job applicant who needed accommodation. The suit alleged that the company refused to let the job applicant, who had end-stage renal disease, take the required drug test with a hair sample instead of a urine analysis.

NY – Dresser Rand Company will pay $110,000 to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a Jehovah’s Witness who had a religious objection to working on weapons of war. The company refused to accommodate the employee’s request to switch assignments to work on other types of equipment and then terminated his employment.

NV – Simon Property Group, Inc. settled a national origin harassment lawsuit by agreeing to pay $125,000. The suit alleged that the Latino janitors working for the company were subjected to daily verbal attacks based on their national origin.

AL – Mobile Community Action, Inc. has agreed to pay $65,000 to settle a retaliation lawsuit brought on behalf of a former employee. The suit alleged that the employee was sexually harassed by his supervisor and then retaliated against and discharged when he complained about the behavior.

GA – Champion Window Company will pay $80,000 to settle an age discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a former employee. The suit alleged that a top manager in the company terminated and replaced the employee with a younger individual.

CA – The Garfield Medical Center agreed to pay $530,000 to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit brought on behalf of several female employees. The suit alleged that the employees were subjected to physical and verbal sexual harassment by a male emergency room representative.

MN – Three federal judges approved a consent decree ordering three Minnesota state agencies to pay $574,000 to claimants who were denied contributions for retiree health and dental insurance because they were older than age 55. The lawsuit alleged that the agencies maintained insurance plans that illegally denied premiums to persons over a certain age.

PR – Koper Furniture, Inc. agreed to pay $40,000 to settle a retaliation lawsuit brought on behalf of a former employee. The suit alleged that the employee was fired in retaliation for complaining to the company about racial harassment.

TX – Courtesy Building Services, Inc. will pay $27,500 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit. The suit alleged that the company subjected women to a “good old boy” atmosphere where comments were made about women’s bodies and strip clubs.

MI – Journal Disposition agreed to pay $55,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a former employee who had been diagnosed with cancer. The suit alleged that the company terminated the employee because he had exhausted his time under its short-term disability insurance policy.

IL – Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center will pay $80,000 to settle a class race and sex discrimination and retaliation lawsuit brought on behalf of black female employees. The suit alleged that the Hospital subjected the employees to segregation in job assignments based on their race and that at least one woman was demoted in retaliation for complaining about the employment practices.

KY – MMS Resources, Inc. agreed to pay $365,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit brought on behalf of a class of female employees. The suit alleged that the company owner and president engaged in quid pro quo harassment, including sexual comments, touching and coerced sexual intercourse and used termination, raises, promotions and other employment opportunities to threaten the employees.

TX – Metallic Products Corp. will pay $60,000 to settle an age discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a former employee. The suit alleged that the company maintained an illegal mandatory retirement policy which required employees to retire upon reaching age 70.

PA – Imperial Security agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a former employee who is Muslim. The suit alleged that the company did not allow the employee to wear her khimar, a religious garb that covers her hair, ears, and neck.

AK – D&H Company, Dodge Brothers, Inc., and Giant Oil Company of Arkansas, Inc. will pay $190,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a former employee. The suit alleged that the companies denied the employee a reasonable accommodation for her seizures and then discharged her.

NC – Luihn Food Systems, Inc. agreed to pay $277,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit brought on behalf of a class of female employees. The suit alleged that one male employee at the restaurant sexually touched the female employees and that the company did nothing about the harassment after receiving several complaints.

GA – D&K Suit City, LLC will pay $20,000 to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a former employee. The suit alleged that a manager reduced the number of hours assigned to the employee and then terminated her employment because of her pregnancy.

CA – Cyma & Taean Orchids agreed to pay $200,000 to settle a harassment, discrimination, and retaliation lawsuit brought on behalf of a class of female Latina greenhouse workers. The suit alleged that the women were physically and verbally harassed about their bodies and that the comments included jokes about their national origin.

CA – Lakemont Homes, Inc. agreed to pay $267,000 to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit brought on behalf of four female employees. The suit alleged that the employees endured sexual comments, unwanted propositions, and touching by a male employee.

 

 

 

 

 

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