A nationwide chain of rental-to-own furniture stores will pay $ 425,000 to settle a lawsuit that charges it with racist harassment in Jamaica, New York, stock, said the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday.
EEOC told Atlanta-based Aaron's vulnerable black employees to a "race-based hostile work environment" in the warehouse. The agency said the abuse included regular and open use of derogatory slurries including the "n-word" of stock managers, who also directed other vulgar langue to black employees, including referring to them as "monkeys". Black workers also had more difficult tasks and longer delivery paths than others in the warehouse, EEOC said.
EEOC accused the company of violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
According to a consent decree, Aaron's will pays $ 425,000 for harassment. The decree also requires Aaron to maintain an anti-discrimination policy, provide equal employment training opportunities for all New York City employees and report on future Aaron discrimination campaigns against EEOC employees.
EEOC New York District Director Kevin Berry said in a statement, "Racist behavior and the use of racial adulterers change profoundly the working environment of employees. Employers should know if this illegal behavior is tolerated or left unaddressed, EEOC will hold employers accountable." 19659002] Requested to comment, Aaron replied with the statement: "We are focused on making Aaron a great place to work for people of all sexes, races and creeds."
In May, a forklift company claiming that its employees could shock The Spanish-speaking workers reached a settlement of $ 650,000 with the EEOC.