Stokesdale-based Yates Construction has agreed to pay two black employees $30,000 to settle racial discrimination, harassment and retaliation charges.
Rodney McCants and a co-worker claimed they were subject to racial epithets and jokes in the workplace. When McCants complained about the ongoing harassment, Yates Construction fired him.
He filed suit with the EEOC, which brokered the settlement agreement.
Note: Don’t assume that money alone will end a case that catches the EEOC’s attention. In addition to paying the men, Yates must now:
- Post its policy against racial harassment in the workplace and distribute it to employees
- Provide annual, companywide training on racial harassment to its owners and supervisors
- Report future oral or written complaints of racial harassment and retaliation directly to the EEOC.