Illegal to Fire Employee Because He Complains about Race Discrimination

     The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reached a $25,000 settlement with a company, Floyd’s Equipment, that the EEOC alleged had discriminated and retaliated against an African American employee due to his race.  We wrote about this lawsuit on our blog in October 2017, shortly after the EEOC first filed suit.  The EEOC alleged that the company’s foreman repeatedly used the “n word” at work.  One of Floyd’s African American employees, Rodney Woodall, complained about the racial slur and its use by the foreman.  After Woodall made this complaint, the foreman confronted him angrily, and the company then transferred the employee to a job in a different state performing work with a shovel (instead of a backhoe).  Eventually, Floyd’s terminated the employee who had complained.  Such alleged conduct is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Title VII protects employees against discrimination based on numerous protected classes, including race.  See EEOC v. Floyd's Equipment, Inc., No. 1:17-cv-00175-SNLJ (E.D. Mo.). 

 

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