Amusement Party Company Sued for Racially Hostile Work Environment
February 26, 2010
In recent employment law news that our Long Beach Labor Attorneys have been following, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against the family-owned amusement party company, Pinnacle Amusements, on behalf of black employees, who claimed to be subjected to a constant stream of racial harassment in the workplace.
According to the suit, over his six years of employment as a warehouse employee and driver, Benjamin Henderson as well as other black employees reportedly continually endured caustic racial harassment, reportedly leading to a hostile work environment. The EEOC stated that on a regular basis the employees were subjected to racial comments and slurs, such as the "n-word" in the workplace. Henderson reportedly complained about the constant harassment based on race, and the owner of the company dismissed his complaints, encouraging Henderson to be a "tough guy" and to "handle" the racial comments and that the racially derogatory comments were just "jokes." Henderson also complained about the discrimination to the company's co-owner, but with no relief from the racial harassment.
Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, it is against the law for an employer to harass employees based on race. According to the EEOC, it is the responsibility of the employer to take action when an employee complains of harassment in the workplace. This lawsuit seeks punitive and compensatory damages, as well as injunctive relief for Henderson and the other African American employees who work for the company.
The EEOC claims that the owners subjected Henderson and the other employees to a hostile work environment where racial comments and slurs were disguised as "jokes" and the working employees were made to endure a constant stream of racial harassment in order to keep their jobs. According to Tina Burnside, supervisory trial attorney in the EEOC district office in Charlotte, NC, "Discrimination is never a joke--it is a violation of federal law."
Howard Law, PC represents individual employees and groups of employees who have been harassed and are seeking recovery. Our team of experienced California Labor & Employment Attorneys are committed to aggressively representing you and protecting your employment rights every step of the way. Contact us today for a free consultation.
EEOC Sues Pinnacle Amusements for Racial Harassment, February 22, 2010
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