The EEOC has taken up the case of a man who worked as a translator for Haitian workers at a Lumber Bridge chicken farm.
The man allegedly complained that Haitian workers at Mountaire Farms were treated more harshly than other employees. He claims that he made one complaint too many and was fired for it.
Mountaire Farms now faces an EEOC lawsuit claiming it fired the translator in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
According to the lawsuit, the translator began working at the farm in 2010. Almost immediately, he saw that Haitian workers were not treated as well as other farm employees. Haitians were not permitted bathroom breaks, but other workers were. He alleged other workers sometimes yelled at Haitian employees and pelted them with chicken parts.
When a supervisor denied a Haitian worker a bathroom break, but permitted a non-Haitian to take one, the translator complained again. A few days later, he was fired.
That’s when he decided to file an EEOC complaint. After EEOC conciliation efforts failed, the commission sued in federal court. The lawsuit seeks back pay, compensatory and punitive damages, as well as injunctive relief.
Note: Title VII protects just about anyone who complains about discrimination. Employers that attempt to silence complainants by firing them can expect litigation.