WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced a $100,000 settlement with Asbestos
Specialists Inc. (ASI) after allegations the Baltimore-based company committed
national origin discrimination.
According to allegations, ASI subjected a class of Hispanic
workers to a hostile work environment. This violates Title VII of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964. Employers are barred from discriminating on the basis of
race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national
"Workplace harassment remains a persistent problem, and
is alleged in more than 30 percent of the charges we receive," said EEOC Chairwoman Jenny
Yang. "EEOC's select task force on the study of harassment in the workplace is examining the issue and identifying new and creative strategies to
prevent and eliminate harassment at work. EEOC is committed to working with
employers to voluntarily resolve charges of discrimination [or harassment] to
put practices in place to prevent problems from recurring."
In addition to the monetary fines, ASI must provide EEO
training to managers, supervisors and employees.
"ASI should be commended for working with EEOC and
OFCCP to settle this matter voluntarily and for making comprehensive policy
changes that will protect its employees from unlawful harassment," said EEOC
Washington Field Office acting director Mindy Weinstein. "We
encourage other employers to follow this example."