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Record $2.5M Race-Discrimination Settlement Highlights New EEOC Crackdown

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

On-the-job racism in America is still a big problem more than 40 years after the Civil Rights Act made employment discrimination illegal. Racial harassment charges filed with the EEOC have more than doubled since the early 1990s, reaching about 7,000 claims last year. And race remains the top basis for charges of on-the-job discrimination, accounting for 36% of the EEOC’s caseload.

That's why the EEOC has launched a new education and enforcement initiative called E-RACE (Eradicating Racism And Colorism from Employment.). The agency calls the initiative a "fresh, 21st century approach to combating racism."

Increased enforcement will be a key part of the effort. Latest news: Lockheed Martin agreed in December to pay $2.5 million to settle a race discrimination suit brought by a black employee who was subjected to racist graffiti and verbal harassment, including use of the “N” word and threats of lynching.

The settlement i...(register to read more)

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