M. Slavin & Sons Fish Seller To Pay $900K in EEOC Sexual and Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

February 9, 2012

Our Los Angeles, California employment and labor lawyers have been following the latest announcement by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), that M. Slavin & Sons, a New York-based fish market, will pay $900,000 in an EEOC-filed discrimination lawsuit settlement to over 30 black and African male drivers and loaders--who allegedly endured a hostile work environment that was filled with verbal and physical sexual harassment based on sex, national origin, race and retaliation against workers who joined in the EEOC lawsuit.

As Vincent Howard reported in a previous Costa Mesa labor and employment lawyer blog, the EEOC lawsuit accused the M. Slavin & Sons owners and managers of regularly taunting and harassing black male workers on the overnight shift, by making obscene comments, racial slurs, sexual propositions, and engaging in inappropriate and abusive physical groping and touching. The employees in the lawsuit charged that M. Slavin's owners and managers harassed the employees from 1984 until the lawsuit was filed, making explicit sexual remarks, and using offensive racial slurs and terms when talking to the workers. When workers came forward with complaints, they were reportedly retaliated against with resistance and punishment.

Many employees who have worked for the company for 10 to 20 years, reportedly continued to endure the harassment and discrimination because they desperately needed the work. The suit originated from employee Kevin Pierson, a truck loader, who reported the abuse to the EEOC, at which point an EEOC investigation uncovered that the employment discrimination in the company was widespread and involved many more victims.

As Howard Law's managing attorney Vincent Howard has frequently discussed, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees against race, color, national origin, religion and sex discrimination in the workplace.

Under Title VII, it is against the law to discriminate against employees or job applicants because of race, color, sex, or religion in regard to hiring, firing, job promotion, compensation, employment training, or any other terms, privileges, or conditions of employment. It is also against the law for employers to retaliate against an employee for standing up to discrimination, or by participating in an EEOC proceeding by filing a discrimination charge, assisting in a case, testifying, or any other form of participation in an EEOC proceeding.

The $900,000 will settle the discrimination lawsuit, and in addition, M. Slavin must change how the company currently addresses discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims, and must submit to five years of extensive EEOC monitoring, to prevent racial and sexual harassment of workers at this company in the future.

If you have experienced race-based discrimination, sexual harassment or retaliation in the workplace, contact Vincent Howard and our dedicated Carson labor and employment legal team today, so we can help find a solution for your recovery. Call Howard Law, PC today for a free consultation at 1-800-872-5925.

M. Slavin & Sons to Pay $900,000 to Settle EEOC Discrimination Suit, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, (EEOC) Press Release, December 15, 2011

Related Web Resources:

Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH): The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, EEOC: Laws Enforced by EEOC

Facts About Race/Color Discrimination, EEOC

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