Telecommunications giant One Communications Corp. has settled an EEOC religious discrimination and harassment suit filed by three Jewish employees at its Conshohocken office.
One Communications is the nation’s largest privately held regional provider of business telecommunications services, serving markets that stretch from New England and the Great Lakes to the Mid-Atlantic area.
The bias case began in One Communications’ Conshohocken sales department. Account executives Collin Buten, Alan Gordon and Marc Reinstein all reported to a vice president of sales who constantly harassed them about their Jewish faith. They reported the harassment, but the company failed to take action against the VP.
Ultimately, Gordon quit rather than endure the harassment, and all three filed complaints with the EEOC.
The commission attempted to mediate the dispute. When those efforts failed, it filed suit in federal court. Facing a potential trial, the company settled the case. It agreed to pay the three employees $66,000 and provide discrimination training to all managers at the company’s Conshohocken facility.
Note: Religious discrimination claims have been rising steadily over the past decade. Employers must recognize that the workplace is more religiously diverse than ever. That makes religious tolerance more necessary than ever. Employers that don’t crack down on religious bias can expect to find themselves in court.
- Set clear rules on office romance
- What if client makes a discriminatory request?
- Don't set automatic deadline for workers returning from disability leave.
- Head off problem employees' retaliation suits: Document all decision-making as it happens
- Retaliation: Don't sweat link between complaint and firing, if you would have fired anyway