The EEOC has sued a Texas school employees’ union, claiming it violated federal law when it fired two black organizers because of their race.
According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Local 100 of United Labor Unions hired Maurice Roberts and Rosalind Holt to recruit public school employees in Houston to join the union. A white male organizer was hired at the same time.
Two weeks later, Roberts and Holt were fired for failing to meet the minimum goal of recruiting five new union members in their first two weeks. However, the white organizer failed to recruit any new members at all, but was not terminated.
The EEOC claims the alleged recruiting shortfall was a pretext, and that discrimination is the reason Roberts and Holt were fired.