The EEOC has sued Buffalo-based Izza Bending Tube & Wire, claiming it retaliated against an employee after she objected to a manager’s decision not to hire a black applicant.
The woman, Myrna, had urged her manager to hire the applicant, named Randall, who had already worked more than 500 hours for Izza as a temporary employee. Myrna alleges that the manager used racist language when he rejected her suggestion. She claims the manager told her to fire Randall from his temporary job. When she refused, she says, she was demoted and suffered a salary cut.
That’s when Myrna complained to the EEOC. She claims she was subsequently laid off, which she alleges was retaliation for her complaint.
The EEOC lawsuit seeks back pay and compensatory and punitive damages for Myrna.
Note: Employees do not have to be members of a protected class to sue under the Civil Rights Act. The law protects employees who experience adverse job actions because they oppose discrimination as well.