A transportation and supply chain solution company and a staffing company will each pay $ 1 million to solve a lawsuit before the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that they had subjected African American employees to racial discrimination, harassment and retaliation, the agency said Wednesday. 19659002] The EEOC said that African-American employees were assigned by Irvine, California-based Kimco Staffing Services Inc. to a Miami-based Ryder Integrated Logistics Inc. facility in Moreno Valley, California, along with African-American employees 's directly employed by Ryder , were subjected to ongoing and unwelcome harassment based on their race.
The EEOC said the two companies created a hostile work environment by allowing employees to use racial slur and epithelium against their black counterparts.
The agency said after an African-American employee complained, none of the companies corrected the situation and instead fired the employee within a few days.
T he EEOC also claimed that companies discriminated against these workers in the terms of employment on assignment, training, promotion, discipline and dismissal.
The companies were accused of violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1
In addition to paying $ 1 million, other provisions of the consent decision resolving the case with Ryder include electing a gender equality coordinator for employment opportunities and creating a centralized tracking system.
Kimco's consent regulation contains provisions that contain neutral references for applicants, together with recruitment applicants who wish to return to the company.
Anna Park, Regional Attorney at the EEOC District Office in Los Angeles, said in a statement, "We have seen an increase in cases of racial harassment across industries. It is very important for employers and staffing companies to be proactive when it comes to addressing these issues.
"We commend Ryder and Kimco for their commitment to change and for being positive agents of change in addressing racial issues."
Lawyers for the companies did not respond to requests for comment.
The EEOC said last week that it had raised $ 4.8 million to be distributed to 54 Thai workers to satisfy a national origin and racial discrimination case against a Hawaiian pineapple company.