SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that Peters' Bakery, located in East San Jose, will pay $40,000 to a Latina employee after
allegations of national origin harassment and retaliation.
Charles “Chuck” Peters, the bakery owner, purportedly abused
sales clerk Marcela Ramirez verbally with racial and ethnic epithets. He then
discharged her and retaliated against her for complaining to EEOC by filing a
defamation lawsuit, EEOC charged. Following this, a union arbitrator ruled that
Ramirez was wrongfully fired and issued an injunction that forced her back into
work. Peters allegedly still refused to give her hours at the bakery.
"EEOC will vigorously defend employees' rights to
report discrimination without fear of retaliation – as in this case, where we
obtained a preliminary injunction to block the bakery from firing Ms.
Ramirez,” EEOC San Francisco Director William Tamayo said.
In addition to the monetary relief for Ramirez, Peters'
Bakery’s owner must take anti-discrimination training.
"We are pleased with the resolution which benefits
everyone involved," said EEOC San Francisco Trial Attorney Peter Laura.
"It's important to invest in prevention and education to uphold the
promise of equal opportunity in workplaces of all sizes."