Employers Not Permitted to Retaliate for Race Discrimination Complaints

     The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity settled a retaliation lawsuit against Brookdale Senior Living Communities after the EEOC sued Brookdale for alleged race discrimination and retaliation.  The EEOC’s lawsuit claimed that Brookdale had employed an African American caregiver who overheard her co-workers making comments with racial connotations that she found offensive.  This caregiver complained about the racially offensive comments and discrimination.  Shortly after her complaint, Brookdale suspended the caregiver and then eventually fired her in retaliation for the complaints.  Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from retaliating when an employee complains about race discrimination, even in circumstances where the discrimination is based on comments that the employee perceives as discriminatory.  See EEOC v. Brookdale Senior Living Communities, Inc., No. 2:20-cv-00993-TLN-AC (E.D. Cal.).

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