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San Francisco janitors, former employer settle race-bias suit

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

A group of seven San Francisco janitors will split $180,000 to settle an EEOC lawsuit that alleged ABM Industries discriminated against His­­panic employees and retaliated against those who filed discrimination complaints with the EEOC.

The EEOC sued ABM, a nationwide cleaning services firm, after the janitors complained they had been fired and replaced by less senior, non-Hispanic workers.

ABM agreed to train supervisors on diversity and nondiscrimination issues. In addition, the company will provide its HR staff with a two-hour course on how to deal with race and national-origin discrimination and retaliation complaints. ABM also agreed to post notices on diversity issues in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and English.

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