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EEOC Verdicts and Settlements — December 2011

Published by on February 27, 2012

Our update on EEOC verdicts and settlements for December 2011 after the break. OK – Sysco Oklahoma, LLC agreed to pay $82,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a former customer service representative.  The suit alleged that the employee parked in one of the company’s unreserved handicap parking spots, and the […]

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

OK – Sysco Oklahoma, LLC agreed to pay $82,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a former customer service representative.  The suit alleged that the employee parked in one of the company’s unreserved handicap parking spots, and the company subsequently subjected her to unlawful medical inquires, demands, and ultimately termination. 

SD – A federal judge approved a $65,000 consent decree, settling a case against Vet Pharm, Inc., a South Dakota animal health products distributor, brought on behalf of two former employees.  The case alleged that an employee made sexually explicit jokes and inappropriate comments to a direct supervisor who took no action to remedy the hostile work environment. 

AK – Valley Motors, Inc. agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a retaliation lawsuit brought on behalf of a female sales associate.  The suit alleged that the company terminated the employee after she complained that the company refused to place her on the used car lot because of her gender. 

CO – Dillion Companies, Inc. will pay $80,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a former employee.  The suit alleged that two supervisors repeatedly bullied and taunted the employee because of his disability. 

CA – UPS Supply Chain Solutions agreed to pay $95,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a deaf employee.  The suit alleged that the company’s supervisors repeatedly denied reasonable accommodation to the employee. 

MD – A federal court has entered a consent order requiring Blockbuster, Inc. to pay over $2 million to settle national origin, sex, and race harassment lawsuit brought on behalf of female and Hispanic temporary employees.  The suit alleged that the male supervisory staff engaged in and condoned the harassment of the employees, including repeated requests for sexual favors, yelling, insults, threats, unwelcome sex-related questioning, offensive racial remarks, and touching.

NY – M. Slavin & Sons, Ltd. agreed to pay $900,000 to settle a racial harassment and national origin lawsuit brought on behalf of 30 black and African male loaders and drivers.  The suit alleged that the company owners and managers harassed the employees, subjecting them to explicit comments and offensive racial terms. 

CA – B&B Pharmacy, Inc. will pay $70,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a pharmacist.  The suit alleged that pharmacist needed two to three months of unpaid leave to recover from a kidney transplant surgery, but the company fired and replaced the pharmacist. 

TN – Wal-Mart Store, Inc. agreed to pay $275,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a former employee.  The suit alleged that the company denied the employee a reasonable accommodation after he had cancer surgery and then subsequently terminated him in retaliation for him complaining about the company’s refusal to accommodate. 

WV – Jim Robinson Ford-Lincoln-Mercury will pay $56,000 to settle a disability discrimination and retaliation lawsuit brought on behalf of a former employee.  The suit alleged that that the company denied the employee reasonable accommodation for his leg condition which affected his ability to walk and then subsequently terminated the employee.

CA – American Apparel, Inc. agreed to pay $60,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a former garment worker.  The suit alleged that the company failed to accommodate the employee’s disability by terminated him while he was on leave.  

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