The U.S. Department of Justice has mediated a settlement between a black highway worker and Green Brook Township, ending an EEOC lawsuit that alleged harassment and retaliation.
Anthony Rivera, the worker who brought the suit, will receive $35,000. Rivera claimed his boss continually harassed him because of his race. He alleged the supervisor would regularly use racial epithets and tell offensive racial jokes. When Rivera complained about the supervisor’s behavior to the EEOC, he claims the township retaliated against him.
In addition to paying Rivera, the township must train its supervisors about employee rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.