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."

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