Race Discrimination Lawsuit Filed by EEOC

     The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued Thompson Construction Group, Inc., for allegedly firing a black employee due to his race.  The EEOC’s lawsuit claims that Thompson hired this employee to work as a pipefitter foreman to oversee a crew of pipe workers.  Just a few months after he was hired, a white subordinate employee made derogatory and offensive comments to this foreman based on his race.  Instead of terminating the Caucasian employee, Thompson Construction fired the African American pipefitter foreman.  The EEOC is alleging that the pipefitter foreman was fired because of his race.  This alleged conduct is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on race.  See EEOC v. Thompson Con­struction Group, Inc., No. 1:20-cv-00406 (M.D.N.C.).

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