The Bahama Breeze restaurant chain has settled racial harassment charges with the EEOC for $1.26 million. According to an EEOC complaint, black employees at the chain’s Beachwood location were regularly subjected to racial epithets, mockery and ongoing harassment.
The EEOC also claims black workers were denied breaks that white workers were allowed.
The settlement will be split among 37 workers.
Note: EEOC discrimination cases can cost employers more than loads of money. They also mean agency oversight of employer operations, sometimes for years. The settlement in this case involves a three-year agreement requiring Bahama Breeze to:
- Update its written policies and procedures in all restaurants nationwide, prohibiting employment discrimination, including race discrimination, racial harassment and retaliation
- Provide anti-discrimination and diversity training to all employees and managers
- Allow the EEOC to monitor compliance with the decree and periodically provide written reports regarding any discrimination complaints
- Display and maintain the EEOC consent decree in all restaurants within the same operational region as the Beachwood restaurant.