Sedona Staffing and several associated firms have agreed to settle a flurry of discrimination charges with the EEOC. The companies include Huyssen Inc., a firm licensed to use the registered service mark Sedona Staffing, and the Sedona Group.
The EEOC had filed six separate discrimination charges against the firms, based in San Diego, alleging a pattern and practice of refusing to refer employees to various employers based on race, color, sex, national origin, age and disability.
The companies agreed to pay $920,000 to discrimination victims and to provide anti-discrimination training to employees. Sedona Staffing and the other companies admitted no wrongdoing and avoided litigation. A claims administrator will begin assessing claims during the coming months.
Under the five-year consent decree, the companies will hire an independent EEO advisor to help revise their EEO policies and procedures and monitor compliance with the agreement.
Note: This case represents a win for the EEOC’s systemic discrimination initiative. Periodically review your hiring practices to see if any particular action has a disproportionate impact on women, minorities, older workers or the disabled. Include your attorney in the process to ensure that efforts to find and correct discriminatory practices are protected by attorney-client privilege.