California Class Action Discrimination Lawsuit--Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Charged with Racial Bias
November 18, 2009
A California class action discrimination lawsuit was filed against Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. yesterday, by an ex-employee, alleging racial discrimination against African-American employees in over 140 stores across the western region of the United States.
Casey Stewart alleges that as a black employee, he was treated differently from white employees--by being denied payment increases, promotions, enduring hour cutbacks, and consistent harassment. Stewart was reportedly wrongfully terminated by the upscale men's clothing store in October, after he filed complaints of discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Commission (EEOC) and the California Department of Fair Housing and Employment (DFEH).
Stewart claimed he was not the only worker who experienced this kind of racial discrimination in the workplace. According to the class action lawsuit, the retailer's corporate headquarters in the U.S. western region has a policy in place that discriminates against highly qualified African American employees and applicants, prohibiting them from being given management positions. This policy allegedly gives African-Americans less desirable job assignments, fewer options for promotions, more criticism and discipline, and retaliation, for complaining about this treatment.
The lawsuit accuses the district's corporate management of being more interested in the image of the store, a so-called "white look," than hiring or advancing quality employees who are responsible, efficient, and hard working. Stewart claims that in the company's western region, there are no African Americans in the upper management.
According to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, employee discrimination based on race, color, sex, national origin, or religion is against the law. Retaliating against an employee for filing a complaint of discrimination is also a direct violation of the law.
As a class action lawsuit, this suit also includes all qualified African American employees or job applicants in the western region of the company since 2005. Stewart seeks pay and damages and an injunction to stop the company from engaging in these types of unlawful employment practices. The suit also asks Jos. A. Bank to develop an employment policy that provides African American employees with equal employment opportunities within the company.
Sacramento Employee Files Class Action Discrimination Suit Against Jos. A. Bank, Sacramento Business Journal, November 17, 2009
Ex-Sacramento Worker's Suit Alleges Racial Bias By Clothier, The Sacramento Bee, November 18, 2009
Related Web Resources:
U.S. Equal Employment Commission, (EEOC)