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Retail chain will pay $255,000 for racial harassment

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National Wholesale Liquidators will pay nine South Asian employees $255,000 for subjecting them to a hostile work environment based on their race, national origin and religion, as well as sexual harassment.

According to the workers’ EEOC lawsuit, a manager who began working at a Long Island National Wholesale store in 2004 subjected the workers to “constant taunts.” The worker said the manager called Sikhs “nasty” and “thieves,” and said, “I’m tired of seeing old Indian faces all the time.”

The manager also allegedly subjected Sukhvir Kaur, who had worked in the clothing department for more than two years, to inappropriate sexual remarks, asking her to remove her turban because he liked women with long hair and suggesting she wear tighter clothing. When Kaur refused his advances, the manager assigned her to clean the bathrooms and later fired her.

The workers complained to no effect, the lawsuit says.

In addition to the monetary settlement, the company agreed to provide training in stores where the manager worked, including West Hempstead, Farmingdale, Westbury, Long Island City, Flushing and Rosedale.

Note: Transferring a bad employee does nothing but spread the grief—and liability—around.

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