EEOC Settles Retaliation Lawsuit With Grand Central Partnership Inc. For $135,000
Grand Central Partnership, Inc. pay $135,000to settle an employment discrimination lawsuit. The lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") after the EEOC initially tried to settle the case. According to published accounts the company unlawfully fired a black Rastafarian security officer for his 2010 complaints of threats of violence and racism and his participation in an EEOC lawsuit resolved in 2009. This would be considered retaliation and is a separate cause of action. A company cannot take any negative job action on anyone who cooperates with an EEOC investigation or complains of discrimination.
The lawsuit states a non-Rastafarian security officer threatened to shoot a group of Rastafarian officers. When the Rastafarians complained, a white security supervisor made light of the physical threat and implied the Rastafarians were at fault. As a result of all of this the company fired the security officer. Companies should spend more time and money on training employees how to behave. Additionally the company should train human resources and management on what they can and cannot do relative to employment discrimination claims.
"When the EEOC enters into a consent decree, it will remain involved to assure that an employer does not punish those who complained about discrimination." said EEOC Attorney Elizabeth Grossman