For the second time in three years, YRC/Yellow Transportation will pay a huge settlement resulting from racial harassment and discrimination at a Chicagoland facility.
More than 300 black workers at the trucking company’s Chicago Ridge location will split $11 million. Yellow Transportation operated the facility prior to its merger with Roadway Express. The company, now known as YRC, is one of the nation’s largest truck carriers.
The suit maintains that black workers were subjected to ongoing racial harassment in the form of hangman’s nooses, racist graffiti, cartoons and racist epithets.
In 2010, the company paid $10 million to black workers at a location in Chicago Heights. Ironically, the Chicago Ridge facility has closed and many of those employees now work in Chicago Heights.
The settlement requires YRC to hire a consultant to examine the company’s disciplinary policies and procedures and suggest changes that could reduce discriminatory effects.
Advice: Experience is an expensive teacher. Pay attention to its lessons. YRC failed to solve race harassment problems even after settling the prior case for $10 million. Now it’s writing checks for another $11 million.