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Will lawsuit help Six L’s learn lesson on bias?

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

The EEOC has filed national-origin and race discrimination charges against Immokalee-based packing company Six L’s. The company specializes in packing and shipping tomatoes.

The complaint alleges Haitian employees endured a hostile work environment in which they were continually degraded by a largely Hispanic cadre of manages who considered Haitian workers “slaves.”

According to the complaint, Hispanic managers harassed and discriminated against Haitian workers, calling them “pinche Haitian,” “stupid” and “cannibal.” The managers allegedly retaliated against the Haitian workers when they filed charges.

Note: This charge is the latest in a series of moves by the EEOC to broadly interpret race, national-origin and color discrimination. In many workplaces, ethnic groups other than whites are in the majority, but the EEOC is sending a signal that it will enforce the Civil Rights Act’s anti-bias provisions regardless of which race is perpetrating the discrimination.

Employers are ultimately responsible for any workplace discrimination they don’t stop.

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