EEOC sews up settlement with Asheboro textile firm

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Asheboro-based BJ Con/Sew will pay $75,000 to settle an EEOC national-origin harassment lawsuit filed on behalf of a former employee who says he endured almost daily ethnic slurs for two years.

Jason Ramirez worked for BJ Con/Sew from July 2006 until June 2008. He claims co-workers regularly harassed him, calling him “wetback,” “crazy Mexican,” “dumb, stupid Mexican” and “half breed.” Ramirez has one Hispanic parent. 

Ramirez claims he complained to various levels of management, but the company never investigated or tried to stop the harassment. Ultimately, Ramirez felt he had no option but to quit. Then he filed an EEOC complaint.

BJ Con/Sew agreed to a three-year consent decree that calls for it to provide annual anti-harassment training and report all harassment complaints directly to the EEOC.

Note: Employers must train supervisors how to recognize harassment and quickly and professionally address complaints. What if a supervisor is the one who is doing the harassing? That’s a huge employer liability that probably warrants immediate termination.

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