An Alice-based oil field services company has settled a reverse race discrimination lawsuit filed by the EEOC.
The commission filed the suit in 2008 on behalf of Bert Yaklin, a white parts-department employee of Coil Tubing Services, which supports the petroleum industry in Texas and Louisiana. The EEOC charged that Hispanic supervisors at Coil Tubing discriminated against Yaklin because of his race and national origin and fired him when he complained. The company was also charged with subjecting Yaklin to harassment, a hostile work environment and disparate terms and conditions of employment because he is not Hispanic.
The suit alleged that the company violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by firing him in retaliation for complaining about the harassment to human resources.
Under the terms of the consent judgment, Coil Tubing will pay $60,000. The company also agreed to post an anti-discrimination notice, enforce a written policy against race discrimination and conduct anti-discrimination training for supervisors, managers and the HR manager at its Alice facility.
Advice: Make sure your anti-discrimination policies and procedures are being followed. The EEOC has noticeably stepped up its enforcement efforts since President Obama took office in January.
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