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Matrix to Pay $450K in EEOC Race Discrimination, Retaliation Lawsuit Settlement

February 28, 2012

Howard Law managing attorney Vincent Howard recently discussed the problem of racial discrimination in the workplace in our Orange County employment lawyers blog after a recent U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) lawsuit settlement brought $900,000 to thirty black and African workers--after the M. Slavin & Sons fish market employees allegedly experienced a hostile work environment filled with physical and sexual harassment and discrimination based on sex, national origin and race.

In another recently settled EEOC race discrimination lawsuit, that our Newport Beach labor and employment attorneys have been following, Matrix, LLC, a cleaning company in Pennsylvania, has agreed to compensate a class of fifteen former employees $450,000, to settle a race discrimination and retaliation lawsuit.

The lawsuit accuses Matrix officials of instructing a white supervisor to discontinue hiring any more African-American cleaners for employment at the Concordville, Pennsylvania site. After the supervisor hired more black cleaners, who were qualified for the job, Matrix reportedly terminated her employment out of retaliation--for opposing the company's instructions to engage in racial discrimination during the hiring process.

The EEOC also reportedly discovered that the company officials engaged in racial discrimination against the black cleaners during their employment, by demanding that they sit in a segregated area during meal and rest breaks, and later ceasing to allow them access to that area within the cafeteria for their breaks. Matrix later terminated the employment all of the African-American workers within the company, and replaced the cleaning crew with workers who were not black.

As Howard Law attorney Vincent Howard has often discussed, under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, it is against the law to discriminate against a job applicant or employee based on race, national origin, color, religion and gender, in regard to hiring, employment termination, promotion, job compensation, training, or in any other terms, conditions or privileges of employment.

It is also unlawful for an employer to engage in retaliation against any worker for opposing discrimination--which includes opposing specific instructions to make employment decisions like hiring, based on race. It is also illegal to discriminate or retaliate against an employee for filing a discrimination charge with the EEOC, or for assisting, participating, or testifying in an EEOC proceeding.

In addition to the $450,000 settlement, Matrix is also required to train all managers and supervisors about the laws regarding racial discrimination and wrongful retaliation in the workplace, and to report any complaints of discrimination or retaliation directly to the EEOC. They are also required to post a remedial notice, and are prohibited from engaging in any further racial discrimination or retaliation based on race within the company, in the future.

Our labor and employment team at Howard Law, led by managing attorney Vincent Howard, is well versed in the topics of discrimination, sexual harassment or retaliation in the workplace. Contact us today, so we can help find a solution for your recovery.

Matrix L.L.C. Will Pay $450,000 to Settle EEOC Race Discrimination and Retaliation Lawsuit, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Press Release, January 6, 2012

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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