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Another EEOC Racial Harassment and Discrimination Lawsuit Settlement--Ready Mix Will Pay $400K

March 5, 2012

In our Riverside employment lawyers blog, Howard Law's managing attorney Vincent Howard frequently discusses Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the important federal act that protects individuals from any workplace discrimination based on color, race, national origin, religion and gender.

Last month, Vincent Howard reported on a number of discrimination lawsuit settlements on a local and national level that pertained to race, color and national origin discrimination--discussing how Title VII protected the rights of the employees, in both the lawsuit settlements and in order to ensure future workplaces free from color or race discrimination.

In another recent discrimination lawsuit, brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the concrete and cement products company, Ready Mix USA, has agreed to settle a racial harassment and discrimination lawsuit and pay $400,000 along with furnishing other relief to a group of African American males.

According to the EEOC, the class of seven African American males at the Montgomery, Alabama facilities of Ready Mix, were subjected to a racially hostile work environment, that included references to the Klu Klux Klan, a noose that was displayed in the facilities, and consistent derogatory language based on race, along with race-based name calling, that was used by a manager and supervisor.

As Vincent Howard reported in a previous Santa Ana employment discrimination blog, racial harassment and discrimination violate Title VII, and employees have the right to expect a workplace free from harassment and discrimination based on race, color, or national origin. According to the EEOC, this case not only involved racist language and name calling, but also a noose--a cruel and threatening symbol that has absolutely no place in any workplace in the United States of America.

In the two-year consent decree that will settle the lawsuit, Ready Mix has agreed to pay compensatory damages in the amount of $400,000, to the seven African American employees, and will refrain from engaging in any further racial discrimination, harassment or retaliation. The company is also responsible for conducting EEO training, and will be required to modify the current company policies in regard to racial harassment--to ensure that harassment and discrimination are prohibited in the future, with a proper system in place if there are any complaints, or investigations--all of which must be reported directly to the EEOC.

In fiscal year 2011, the EEOC reportedly received 35,395 charges of discrimination based on race--with 8776 of these including racial harassment. Race-based discrimination and harassment charges in the workplace historically account for over 35% of all EEOC charges throughout the nation.

In Yorba Linda, Mission Viejo, and Los Alamitos, California, contact Vincent Howard and our talented team of Orange County labor and employment lawyers today, for a complimentary consultation about your workplace rights.

Ready Mix to Pay $400,000 To Settle EEOC Racial Harassment Lawsuit, EEOC Press Release, February 21, 2012

Related Web Resources:

Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH): The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, EEOC: Laws Enforced by EEOC

Facts About Race/Color Discrimination, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, EEOC

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