The EEOC has filed charges against Crom Corp. and Crom Equipment Rentals, two Gainesville construction companies, for firing a black worker after he complained of racial harassment following an alleged series of disturbing events.
According to the complaint, a white worker at Crom’s Holly Hill facility locked the black employee in a tool shed and spray painted the word “jail” on the door. He also brought a noose to work, put it around the black employee’s neck and threatened to decapitate him.
According to the complaint, when the black worker complained of harassment, he was fired, and the worker who brandished the noose was promoted to a higher-paying position.
The EEOC’s attempt to conciliate the dispute failed. That’s when it charged Crom with violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by terminating the complaining worker and permitting the racial harassment to continue.
Wake up! There’s no excuse for that kind of racial harassment! It’s cruel and costs time and money to correct and defend in court. It kills morale.
Significantly, no jury will laugh off such nonsense. However, they might get a kick out of how much money they can extract from the employer for damages.
- Terminating without giving a specific reason? Document rationale for the record, regardless
- Merely transferring employee to same or similar position isn't grounds for lawsuit
- Have business justification for hiring rules that could cause disparate impact
- Cost-sharing can cost you in arbitration agreements
- Advice, please: How should we implement our first severance pay packages?