NonHispanics Blocked From Jobs With California Company, EEOC Charges in New Title VII Lawsuit

Did a San Jose, Calif.-based company and its affiliates unfairly favor Hispanic job applicants over applicants of other races?

That’s what the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charged in a Title VII lawsuit filed yesterday against Marquez Brothers International, Inc. and its affiliates.

The EEOC is charging that the defendants violated Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act when they failed to hire non-Hispanic applicants for entry-level positions because of their race.

According to the EEOC, the company and its affiliates favored less-qualified Hispanic job applicants over all other races (including black, white and Asian applicants) in unskilled positions.

EEOC further contends that Marquez Brothers discouraged non-Hispanic applicants from applying for open positions, asked applicants if they spoke Spanish even when speaking Spanish was not a job requirement, and otherwise deterred non-Hispanic applicants.

“Deterring applicants from applying because of their race flies in the face of federal law,” said Anna Park, regional attorney for EEOC’s Los Angeles District Office, whose jurisdiction includes Kings County.

Here’s the EEOC’s announcement of the lawsuit.

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