Our update on EEOC jury verdicts and settlements from January 2012 after the break.
VA – DynCorp International, L.L.C., a private military contractor and aircraft maintenance company agreed to pay $155,000 to settle a sex-based harassment and retaliation lawsuit brought on behalf of a mechanic working in Iraq. The lawsuit alleged that the employee was subjected to derogatory sex-based comments, and when he complained about the harassment, he was transferred in retaliation for his complaint.
PA – Matrix, L.L.C., a cleaning company, will pay $450,000 to settle a class action race discrimination and retaliation lawsuit brought on behalf of 15 former employees. The suit alleged that the company told a white supervisor not hire any more black cleaners to work at a client’s site, and when the supervisor hired more black cleaners based on qualifications, she was terminated.
VA – Family Dollar Stores of Virginia, Inc. agreed to pay $45,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit brought on behalf of a former customer service representative. The suit alleged that the employee’s store manager groped her and propositioned her for sex and cut her hours until she took him to her home.
MN – Pepsi will pay $3.13 million to settle a class action race discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of more than 300 African American job applicants. The suit alleged that Pepsi had a criminal background check policy that disproportionately excluded black applicants from permanent employment because the policy excluded applicants who had been arrested pending prosecution and not just those who had been convicted.
NV – Findlay Honda agreed to $150,000 to settle a race discrimination, harassment and retaliation lawsuit brought on behalf of two African American employees. The suit alleged that the parts department manager frequently made racially derogatory comments, put in place stricter rules for black employees and terminated two employees after one threatened to file a discrimination charge.
TN – Rafael’s Italian Restaurant will pay $25,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit brought on behalf of a class of female employees. The suit alleged that male kitchen workers subjected female employees to crude sexual comments and requests for sex and physical touching.
TN – Choctow Transportation Company, a marine construction and transportation company, agreed to pay $75,000 to settle a racial discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a black job applicant. The suit alleged that the company had segregated its workforce and refused to employ African Americans n deckhand positions.
NC – United Insurance Company agreed to pay $37,500 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of a job applicant. The suit alleged that the applicant was a former drug addict who was rejected from the job because he failed a drug test even though he submitted proof to the company that he was participating in a treatment study and had been prescribed the drug as part of the study.
AZ – A federal jury returned a verdict against High Speed Enterprise, Inc., owner of the area Subway fast-food restaurant franchises, ordering the company to pay $7,280 in punitive damages to a job applicant. The suit alleged that the Subway manager told the job applicant he could not hire her because she was pregnant.
CA – The Los Angeles City Fire Department agreed to pay $494,150 to settle a religious and sexual harassment lawsuit brought by a firefighter/engineer. The suit alleged that the employee was mocked using explicit and offensive religious and sexual epithets because of a lawsuit he had filed against the Catholic Church regarding sexual abuse he suffered by a priest.