A California general contractor settled a racial harassment lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of black and Hispanic construction workers.
At one of the contractor's worksites, black and Hispanic workers experienced racial harassment that included offensive remarks and graffiti. The EEOC alleged the contractor did not take appropriate actions to stop the harassing conduct.
In the settlement, the employer agreed to pay $725,000 in monetary relief, as well as undertake several steps aimed at preventing harassment in the future. Along with revising its own harassment policies and providing additional employee training, the employer will establish a procedure to make certain its subcontractors have anti-discrimination policies and will create a mechanism through which they can monitor compliance with those policies.
The EEOC will oversee the employer's adherence to the settlement agreement but is pleased the employer is taking steps to improve compliance with federal law at all levels of employment. "Construction Company Hathaway Dinwiddie Settles EEOC Discrimination Lawsuit" www.eeoc.gov (May 13, 2021).