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Northbrook temp agency settles race bias suit

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Employment Law,Hiring,Human Resources

Northbrook-based temp agency Paramount Staffing has agreed to settle a race and national-origin bias suit resulting from actions occurring at its Memphis office.

The suit alleged Paramount refused to hire black applicants for warehouse positions, instead filling all the spots with Hispanic workers. A group of black applicants and employees claimed they were discriminated against because of their race and national origin: American. The suit alleged that one black worker who complained about the discrimination was fired in retaliation.

Under the terms of a two-year consent decree, Paramount will pay $585,000 to a class of black plaintiffs. Paramount agreed to stop discriminating against black workers in placement and not to retaliate against any worker complaining of discrimination.

The company must also create and publish a written hiring and placement policy and post it in the Memphis facility. Managers and supervisors at the Memphis facility will be trained on how to comply with the nation’s anti-discrimination laws.

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