Big Lots to Pay Big in California Harassment Case

February 16, 2010

In California employment news today, our attorneys at Howard Law, PC have been following the announcement that Big Lots has settled a race harassment and discrimination lawsuit for $400,000, brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of at least five employees and group of unidentified class action members.

In the lawsuit, the EEOC accused Big Lots of subjecting a black maintenance mechanic as well as other black workers in the California distribution center to race discrimination and harassment--violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, or national origin. According to the EEOC, the Hispanic supervisors and Big Lots co-workers harassed and discriminated against the black workers by consistently making derogatory comments, slurs and jokes based on race. The company allegedly did not take the necessary action to prevent harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

Along with the voluntary settlement of $400,000, Big Lots has also agreed to a two-year consent decree, to implement new policy, procedures, training, and court monitoring to protect employees from being subjected to workplace discrimination and harassment based on race in the future.

The EEOC reports that race-based charges have historically been one of the most frequent types of complaints in the offices throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2009, race-based discrimination accounted for nearly 36% of the EEOC's private sector caseload of 33,579 charges.

Howard Law, PC represents employees who have experienced race harassment and discrimination and are seeking recovery in Orange County and throughout Southern California. Our experienced California Labor & Employment Attorneys are committed to aggressively representing you and protecting your employment rights in the workplace. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Big Lots to Pay $400,000 for Race Harassment, EEOC Press Release, February 16, 2010

Big Lots to Pay for Race Harassment, The Californian.com, February 16, 2010

Related Web Resources:

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, EEOC