MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that American Casing & Equipment
Inc. will pay $250,000 after allegations it committed race and national origin
discrimination and retaliation.
American Casing & Equipment is an oilfield service
company based in North Dakota. According to EEOC, Matthew Clark, a Filipino-American,
worked for the company from November 2012 to January 2014. A white manager allegedly harassed Clark due
to his race and national origin. The harassment was witnessed by a supervisor but
no corrective action was taken, the EEOC charged.
"This settlement sends a strong message to employers
that race and national origin harassment and retaliation will not be tolerated
in the workplace," John Hendrickson, regional attorney for EEOC's Chicago
District. "EEOC hopes that the changes implemented under the consent
decree will serve as a model for creating a workplace free of discrimination in
the oilfield service industry."
In addition to monetary relief, the company must also
develop and implement new policies to train its employees and managers on
"The consent decree provides important training to
managers and supervisors on their responsibilities to report and take
appropriate action when they witness or receive discrimination complaints,”
Tina Burnside, the trial attorney for EEOC’s Minneapolis Area Office, said. “They
cannot simply ignore harassment and fire employees who complain about being
abused rather than doing something about it."