GREENVILLE, S.C. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced DHD Ventures Management
Company Inc. will pay a total of $40,000 to settle allegations of racial
harassment and retaliation.
EEOC charged that the company, a New York-based real estate
management company, allowed Charles Lesine and Marlin Ware to be harassed from
late 2007 to November 2011. These employees worked at Grandeagle Apartments, a
residential complex in Greenville, South Carolina, that DHD managed.
Ware allegedly were subjected to unwelcome derogatory racial comments and
slurs made by a white coworker, including the repeated use of the “n” word. The
two employees complained to management but the harassment allegedly continued.
EEOC charged that Lesine and Ware were fired in November 2011 in retaliation
for their complaints.
"Companies must ensure they do not allow racial slurs
to be used in the workplace, and that they take prompt and effective action in
response to complaints of such misconduct," said Lynette A. Barnes, regional
attorney for EEOC's Charlotte District Office. "Employers must also
remember retaliation against people who complain about illegal employment
discrimination is itself against the law. [The] EEOC will vigorously enforce these federal laws."