The U.S. Commission on Gender Equality said Thursday that a Virginia-based security firm will pay $ 1.6 million to address the agency's systemic national origins and retaliatory discrimination.
The EEOC said in its statement that Ashburn, Virginia-based MVM. Inc. provided securities services to the National Institutes of Health on each of its four Maryland research campuses.
A project manager who supervised about 400 security personnel, about half of whom were foreign-born Africans, complained that there were "too many Africans," mocked their accents and said he would fire Africans to reduce their numbers on the contract, according to the lawsuit.
The EEOC then said, MVM systematically denied leave to African workers; forced them to work on their days off; subjected them to increased scrutiny, suspension, threats of dismissal and trumped construction costs; and dismissed them without
The agency said that the harassment continued despite dozens of allegations, and that the MVM responded by reducing working hours, allocating them to unwanted services, fabricating incidents of malpractice and firing them, accusing them of violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. 1
Under the two-year consent decision, $ 1.6 million will be paid to nine individuals and to In a class of employees identified as unlawful discrimination and retaliation, among other provisions.
EEOC Deputy Secretary-General Maria Salacus said in a statement: "Combating systemic harassment in the workplace remains a priority for the EEOC."
The company did not respond to a request for comment.