Two Texas transportation brokerage companies have agreed to pay $50,000 to settle an EEOC discrimination lawsuit. The suit centered on allegations of harassment and retaliation at Amino Transport and Chariot Express, Dallas-based trucking companies where an employee complained about the behavior of two co-workers at the companies’ Sugarland facility.
According to the employee, his co-workers made persistent jokes about Mormons, disparaged a pregnant co-worker and made fun of women and blacks.
The EEOC claimed the worker was fired 72 hours after an HR manager reported his complaints to the general manager of the facility.
As part of the settlement, the companies agreed to provide salaried employees with periodic training on employment discrimination laws.
“No one should lose his job for alerting human resources to inappropriate workplace behavior,” EEOC Houston Regional Attorney Jim Sacher said in a statement. “Enforcement of Title VII depends upon employees who are willing to oppose and report conduct that might violate anti-discrimination laws.”