The health care company Cardinal Health Inc. will pay $ 1.45 million to settle the harassment and retaliation charges filed by the U.S. Gender Equality Commission, the agency said Friday.
EEOC said that African American employees at the company. was subjected to "ongoing and unwelcome" harassment.
The agency said the workers were either directly employed by the Dublin, Ohio-based cardinal or assigned to work there by the staffing agency Glendale, California-based Howroyd-Wright Employment Agency Inc., which does business as AppleOne.
In addition to agreeing to pay $ 1.45 million to resolve the dispute, Cardinal Health and AppleOne agreed to separate two-year consent decisions that included maintaining gender equality monitoring and auditing, among other provisions.
Both also agreed to maintain a free hotline for complaints and to provide all employees with discrimination training.
"The EEOC has seen an increase in accusations of racial harassment across industries and localities," said Anna Park, regional lawyer for the EEOC District Office in Los Angeles, in the EEOC statement.
"It is very important for employers and staffing companies to be proactive in addressing these issues. Cardinal Health and AppleOne are praised for creating changes in their workplaces that will have a positive impact on their employees and the communities in which they live. "
Cardinal and AppleOne did not respond to a request for comment.
Last month, Congress repealed a controversial rule introduced during the Trump administration's closing days that determines how the EEOC resolves labor market discrimination issues.