EEOC Jury Verdicts and Settlements — August 2012
Published by Eric A. Welter on September 6, 2012
Our latest update on EEOC jury verdicts and settlements for August 2012 after the break. WA – Fry’s Electronics will pay $2.3 million to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit. The suit alleged that an assistant store manager was sent sexually charged text messages by a sales associate. The supervisor was fired after reporting […]
Our latest update on EEOC jury verdicts and settlements for August 2012 after the break.
WA – Fry’s Electronics will pay $2.3 million to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit. The suit alleged that an assistant store manager was sent sexually charged text messages by a sales associate. The supervisor was fired after reporting the incidents to the company’s legal department. Fry was also punished for abusive discovery tactics including destroying and withholding evidence.
CO – Moreland Automotive Group will pay $50,000 to settle a lawsuit for retaliation. The company was charged with firing an employee in retaliation for her participation in a prior EEOC sexual harassment suit. As the settlement approached, the employee was told that if she received any money from it, her employment would be terminated.
PA – dELiA*S retailer will pay $75,000 to settle a pregnancy discrimination suit. The retailer was charged with harassing and terminating two pregnant employees. The women were subjected to repeat questioning about their ability to perform their jobs, and were eventually fired.
NC – Caldwell Freight Lines will pay $120,000 to settle a race discrimination lawsuit. The trucking delivery company discriminated against black applicants by refusing to hire them because of their race. From an applicant pool of 51 individuals no black applicants were hired, even though they had appropriate experience.
MD – An assisted living center in Baltimore will pay $25,000 to settle a religious discrimination suit. The suit alleged that the company denied hiring a Muslim job applicant because she refused to remove her headscarf. The director expressed concern that wearing the headscarf would interfere with her duties as a certified nursing assistant. The applicant insisted she wore her headscarf throughout her nursing training and it never affected her performance.
CA – Fremont Toyota will pay $400,000 to settle a harassment and retaliation lawsuit. The suit charged that Afghan American salesmen were targeted during a staff meeting and were called “terrorists” and threatened by the general manager. Four men reported the incident but were met with additional verbal harassment and job scrutiny.
VA – A management and logistic consulting firm will pay $50,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit. The suit alleged that the business failed to promote an employee because of concerns about the residual effects of a stroke she suffered years prior.
IL – A temporary service agency will pay $80,000 to settle a disability discrimination suit. The suit alleged that the agency refused to allow an employee to work because of his epilepsy. The employee suffered a minor seizure his first day of work at Clover Technologies Group, LLC and was asked to return with a doctor’s note that permitted him to continue working. The employee obtained the note, but the agency did not forward it to Clover, causing his termination.
HI – Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., will pay $50,000 to settle a disability discrimination suit. The company denied an employee a meter reader position due to his blindness in one eye. The company made an unfounded presumption that the man could not perform the job because of his disability.
IN – Magnetics International, Inc. will pay $30,000 to settle a religious discrimination suit. The suit alleged that the employee notified the company of a work schedule conflict, but the company fired him instead of offering reasonable accommodation. Prior to accepting employment, the complainant had informed the company he would not be able to work consecutive Sundays because of his religious beliefs.
TX – Wal-Mart will pay $50,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a former employee. The store refused to temporarily accommodate a sales clerk with cerebral palsy. After returning to work from medical leave with a doctor’s note which prescribed periodic breaks from standing, she was fired.
AZ – ABCO West Electrical will pay $23,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit. The suit alleged that the company laid off an employee with an amputated leg when he requested reasonable accommodation. The company also refused to rehire the employee after he reported the discriminatory actions to his labor union and the EEOC.
TX – MKB Construction will pay $38,500 to settle a retaliation discrimination suit. The suit alleged that the company fired an employee for reporting sexual harassment. The employee was subjected to a hostile environment by a male co-worker who made comments and pressed himself against the complainant. When the behavior was reported to a supervisor, the complainant was fired.
IL – WRS Compass will pay $2.74 million to victims of race harassment at one of its clean-up sites. The suit alleged that black workers were subject to abuse, and that white workers who associated with blacks were also harassed. Workers of both races were physically threatened. When workers complained, they were laid off.Topics: Jury Verdicts