Buffalo, Minn.-based Izza Bending Tube & Wire has settled a retaliation suit filed by the EEOC. The suit alleged an employee had her salary cut, was demoted, laid off and ultimately terminated after she refused to discriminate against a black employee.
The company hired a staffing company to provide new workers. It frequently chose permanent workers from the pool of temporary employees provided by the staffing company.
The woman alleged in her complaint that her manager instructed her not to offer a position to a black worker because of his race. She refused. She claims the company then demoted her and cut her pay.
When she filed a complaint with the EEOC, the company allegedly responded by laying her off and ultimately terminating her.
The EEOC filed suit in federal court after attempts to resolve the dispute through the commission’s conciliation process failed. That’s when Izza Bending Tube & Wire elected to settle.
Under the settlement agreement, the company will pay the fired employee $45,000. Additionally, the company will train its managers and supervisors about Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and retaliation.
Note: Unfortunately, racial discrimination still occurs. Employers must develop practices and procedures to prevent it from infecting company decision-making processes.