Employer Owes $735K to African Americans Employees Victimized by Racial Slurs on Dock

If racial slurs are being directed against some of your workers, you’ll certainly want to put a stop to that. A Chicago-based wholesale grocer and manufacturer did just that, agreeing to resolve an EEOC lawsuit brought on behalf of African American workers who endured a barrage of slurs, including the N-word, from co-workers and managers while working on the company’s docks.

EEOC announced on Wednesday that the company, Battaglia, had agreed to settle the lawsuit for $735,000. Under terms of the settlement filed with the U.S. district court, the company must train its managers on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits racial discrimination on the job, and report regularly to the EEOC on any complaints it has received, as well as provide other data to demonstrate that it has not retaliated against any of the participants in the litigation.

“Resolutions of this nature are positive for both the employer and the employees,” the EEOC’s regional director said.

Amen to that.

Read more about the lawsuit and settlement.


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