Access Services, a Charlotte-based janitorial services company, must explain to a judge why it failed to make court-ordered payments after it settled an EEOC discrimination lawsuit brought by a former employee.
Luis Rodriguez had filed an EEOC complaint against the company, and the parties agreed to settle in October 2009. Under the settlement agreement, Access Services was supposed to pay Rodriguez $6,000. The court set up a payment schedule that was rolled into the agreement. But then Access Services twice asked for more time to come up with the money, requests the EEOC agreed to.
The company still hasn’t paid up, and now the EEOC has filed suit asking courts to force payment.
Note: Talk about needless litigation! The employer let a relatively small matter turn into another trip to court—with attorneys’ fees almost certain to exceed the amount of the original settlement.