For the second time in a year, a North Carolina Compare Foods store has settled discrimination charges with the EEOC. As in the earlier case, this one—involving a store in Statesville—involved accusations that workers had been fired because they weren’t Hispanic. Compare Foods serves a largely Hispanic clientele.
The Statesville store will pay $30,000 to Robert Bruce, a white non-Hispanic meat cutter who claimed he was fired because of his race. The EEOC investigated and found the store hired a less experienced Hispanic man to replace Bruce.
Several months ago, the Charlotte Compare Foods paid $40,000 to three employees—two black and one white—who were replaced with Hispanic workers.
The stores are independently owned. The EEOC maintains that Compare Foods hires Hispanics to cut costs or please other Hispanic employees and Hispanic customers.
Note: Employers may not make hiring and firing decisions based on race or ethnicity even if the intent is to appease customers or co-workers. If you do, you may win a PR battle only to lose a legal war.
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