SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Legal Newsline) — The Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced lawsuits against Nabor Industries Ltd.
and C&J Energy, two Bermuda-based companies in the oilfield services
industry, for allegations of widespread racial harassment directed toward
Allegations also include claims that the defendants
punished those who complained about the abuse.
"No one should have to come to work every day feeling
anxiety about whether they have to endure crude and cruel racial insults," David Rivela, a trial attorney in EEOC's San Antonio Field Office, said.
"And punishing the employee for reporting the abuse only makes a bad
The defendants allegedly allowed managers to direct racial
epithets toward African-American employees, including the N-word. When an employee
complained about this treatment, they were purportedly fired while the
offending party was retained.
"There is simply no justification for doling out plum
assignments based on race or for subjecting employees to racially offensive
language in the workplace,” Eduardo Juarez, supervisory trial attorney for
EEOC's San Antonio Field Office, said. “Employers should remember that such unlawful
conduct negatively affects their bottom line by causing a loss of productivity,
morale, and loyalty among their workforces."
EEOC seeks damages for past and future pecuniary loses,
compensatory damage, punitive damage and injunctive relief.