The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC“) settled a retaliation lawsuit with Rock Concrete Construction Corporation for $31,000. In addition Rock Concrete Construction will also provide workers with discrimination training and allow employees access to a company hotline for reporting work place discrimination. The basis of the lawsuit was the company stopped providing work to Eric Bufkin who filed a charge of discrimination with the EEOC.
Details of the lawsuit include Eric Bufkin’s filing a charge of discrimination against a company that Rock Concrete Construction did a good deal of work with. When Rock Concrete Construction found out, they asked Bufkin to drop his charge and told him that if he did not it would impact him in a negative way. Bufkin refused to drop the charge of discrimination he filed with the EEOC and Rock Concrete stopping providing work for him. What Rock Concrete Construction engage in was retaliation. Retaliation occurs when a company threatens you with a negative job action if you file a charge of discrimination or if you won’t submit to their demands and drop a charge of discrimination.
“Employers are simply not entitled to punish employees for complaining about discrimination,” said Laurie A. Young, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Indianapolis District Office.
In Illinois it is against the law to retaliate against an employee who files a charge of discrimination with the EEOC or the Illinois Department of Human Rights (“IDHR“). It is very common for companies to view an employee in a different light once they complain of discrimination. And it is very important for the complaining employee to contact the Law Offices of Peter LaSorsa to protect their job and rights to employment.