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San Francisco janitors reach accord to end bias suit

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

The EEOC recently entered into a consent decree resolving a race discrimination lawsuit with ABM Industries.

The federal agency sued the company in 2009, claiming it discriminated against Hispanic janitors who worked in San Francisco office buildings.

The EEOC also claimed that ABM retaliated against workers who filed race and national-origin claims. The EEOC alleged ABM fired em­­ployees without warrant, removed them from their positions and re­­placed them with less senior, non-Hispanic workers.

As a result of the consent decree, seven workers will receive $180,000 for emotional distress.

In addition, ABM has agreed to conduct training on discrimination issues and provide training to HR staff on how to handle race and national-origin discrimination and retaliation complaints. ABM also is required to post workplace notices in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as English.

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