The EEOC has filed suit against staffing company Labor Ready Mid-Atlantic for actions occurring at its office in Washington, Pa.
According to the suit, the firm sent two female workers to a client’s construction site where workers harassed them. In one case, a male worker grabbed the breast of one of the women.
One worker also allegedly threw roofing tiles at the women in an attempt to injure them. Music played at the work site frequently contained racial epithets. One of the women, who is biracial, complained about the music. One construction worker allegedly said to her, “It’s a shame you’re black, what a waste.”
The women complained to the staffing agency’s branch manager and the corporate hotline.
The EEOC now contends the company took no action to address the harassment—other than moving the two to another job and then firing them. The EEOC filed suit after efforts to resolve the dispute through the commission’s conciliation process failed.
Note: The temp agency’s failure to address the harassment will now mean they face an expensive legal battle.