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YRC to Pay $11M to Settle EEOC Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

July 11, 2012

The U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently announced the resolution of a race discrimination lawsuit against the transportation company YRC Inc./Yellow Transportation, Inc. with an $11 million consent decree entered in federal court.

According to the EEOC report, that Howard Law's Santa Ana-based attorney Vincent Howard has been following, YRC/Yellow Transportation allegedly subjected African-American workers in its Chicago Ridge, Illinois-facility to racial harassment and discrimination and a racially hostile work environment.

The EEOC claimed in the lawsuit that employees were subjected to a work environment filled with racial harassment and discrimination, with incidents of racist graffiti, hangman's nooses, and other racist cartoons and comments. The company also reportedly treated black employees with stronger discipline than white employees, and gave them work assignments that were more difficult and time-consuming, and allegedly filled with scrutiny.

The EEOC stated that if the case had gone to trial, the agency was prepared to provide evidence that the YRC had engaged in these types of racially discriminatory practices, including an expert testimony that these practices resulted in significant differences in the company's treatment of white and black employees. The EEOC claims that many black employees had complained about race-based harassment and discrimination for a number of years, but the company failed to address the problem, or take any action.

Under the consent decree that settles the suit, YRC/Yellow Transportation will pay $11 million to the victims of racial discrimination. Since the facility in Chicago Ridge closed in 2009, many black employees from the facility began working another facility in Chicago Heights--which was also subject to a similar EEOC lawsuit in 2010 that resulted in a $10 million settlement for workers at the facility.

According to the EEOC, the decree from the Chicago Heights lawsuit enjoins YRC from engaging in any more racial discrimination and from retaliating against individuals who report racial bias. Under the decree, YRC is also required to hire consultants to examine the company's work assignment and disciplinary procedures, in order to prevent any disparities based on race from happening in the future.

As attorney Vincent Howard often reports, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, discrimination based on race or national origin in any terms, conditions or privileges of employment is against the law. This includes hiring, job advancements, termination, and employment training.

The $11 million settlement will go to around 324 African-American workers who were employed at the Chicago Ridge facility in the yard and on the dock as dockworkers, janitors, hostlers, supervisors and clericals from 2004 until the facility closed in 2009.

In Pomona, Azusa, and Escondido, California, contact Vincent Howard and our Howard Law labor and employment legal team today, for questions about your workplace rights.

EEOC Race Discrimination Case Against YRC/Yellow Transportation Ends with $11 Million Decree, The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 6-29-12

Related Web Resources:

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

Facts About Race/Color Discrimination, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, EEOC

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