Industrial fastener and tool manufacturer SFS Intec has agreed to settle an EEOC discrimination lawsuit arising at its Medina plant. Two Hispanic employees complained of being denied training opportunities that were open to non-Hispanics.
The two workers, natives of Puerto Rico, told the EEOC they were often targeted with ethnic slurs and were the only workers terminated during a July 2007 reduction in force.
Under the agreement, SFS Intec will pay the two former workers $245,000 and train supervisors about Title VII of the Civil Rights Act’s provisions concerning national-origin discrimination.
- Don't overreach when seeking balanced hiring
- Prepare to defend against bias charges if workplace cliques break on racial lines
- Tell supervisors: No paybacks for reporting harassment
- Leave this ugly legacy for the history books: Warn bosses against any reference to nooses
- Handle criminal inquiry with care, sensitivity