Matrix Integrated Facility, one of the Philadelphia area’s largest commercial janitorial firms, will pay $450,000 to 15 former employees to settle EEOC race discrimination and retaliation charges.
Problems began when a client in Concordville asked Matrix not to send black workers to its facility. Barbara Palermi, a white supervisor, refused to honor the client’s request. The company terminated her for continuing to send black workers to the Concordville facility.
The client then began insisting that black workers sit at the back of the cafeteria during their breaks and eventually refused to allow them in the cafeteria at all. Eventually, Matrix fired all the black workers and replaced them with non-black workers.
In addition to the monetary damages, Matrix agreed to publicize the settlement, report any further racial discrimination charges directly to the EEOC and train supervisors on how to avoid violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
- How to Fire an Employee the Legal Way: 6 Termination Guidelines
- Feel free to let the punishment fit the 'crime' when disciplining for off-duty conduct
- Flexibility makes for good accommodations--and a good strategy for winning ADA lawsuits
- EEOC can't be sued for negligent investigation
- Employee sues under NCEEP? Ask court to throw it out