RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit against Desco Industries
charging the California-based manufacturer with violating federal law by firing
an employee for complaining about race discrimination at its Sanford, North
EEOC states that Daniel Worthy worked for Desco in 2015
through a third-party staffing agency and told a warehouse foreman in February
that he was interested in a forklift position. Worthy, who is black, allegedly
believed he was next in line for the position based on the discussion, but
later saw a non-black employee operating a forklift. When Worthy complained to
the staffing agency recruiter about possible race discrimination, the company
purportedly fired him. Alleged conduct of this nature violates Title VII of the
Civil Rights Act of 1964.
"Employees have the right to express their concerns
about possible race discrimination, without fear of losing their jobs," Lynette
Barnes, regional attorney for the Charlotte District Office, said.
"Employers cannot simply fire an employee because he or she has raised
EEOC is the agency responsible for enforcing federal laws
regarding employment discrimination.