EEOC Recovers $60K for African American Employees Fired Over Time Card Dispute

Workplace rules–and the consequences for violating them–must be applied to all employees without regard to race.

A Midwest cabinetmaker learned that this week when the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced it had settled a racial discrimination lawsuit against the company under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

According to the EEOC, at Profile Cabinet and Design, a Kansas City, Mo., custom cabinetmaker, violated federal law by discriminating against two employees, Brandon Fitzpatrick and Theopilis Bryant, because of their race.  The EEOC charged that the company fired both men, who are African-American, for allegedly falsifying Bryant’s time card, even though there was evidence that a white employee, who was not fired, was the one responsible for the time card issue.

Employers must take affirmative steps to ensure that workplace decisions are made without respect to race,” said James R. Neely, Jr., director of EEOC’s St. Louis District Office. “Holding employees to different standards of conduct based on race is unlawful, and the EEOC will continue to combat it.”

The price of the settlement? $60,000 in back wages to the victims of the racial discrimination.

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