Mountaire Farms, Inc. pays $48,000 to settle a retaliation lawsuit. The discrimination lawsuit was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC“) on behalf of Frantz Morette. According to published accounts, Morette began working as a translator for a group of Haitian workers. Morette complained repeatedly to his supervisors and the human resources department that the Haitian workers were being treated poorly by Mountaire Farms’ supervisors as compared to their non-Haitian coworkers. This type of complaint would be discrimination based on national origin. It is a violation of the law to treat one group of people different from others.
Morette told company management that supervisors often refused to allow the Haitian workers to take bathroom breaks while allowing non-Haitian workers to do so and refused to provide the Haitian workers with the training necessary for the higher-paying jobs at the facility. Morette continued to complain to management and a few days later, Morette was fired. It is also a violation of the law to take a negative job action against a person who complains of discrimination.
“It is of great concern to the EEOC when an employer fires an employee simply because he complained about unlawful conduct.” said EEOC Lynette A. Barnes