MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Legal
Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has
announced SFI of Tennessee LLC will pay $210,000 after allegations of race
The EEOC charged SFI, a fabricator and supplier of heavy-gauge
steel and value-added products, with discharging three black employees on the same
day because of their race.
The three employees worked
in the supply chain department at SFI and allegedly had no performance issues
before their discharges. According to EEOC, SFI replaced the black employees
with white employees. The agency alleges these actions were motivated by
Purported conduct of this
nature violates Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. In addition to
monetary relief, the company must provide race discrimination training
to all employees.
“Race should never factor
into an employer's decision to terminate a person's employment,” said Faye A.
Williams, regional attorney of EEOC's Memphis District Office, which has
jurisdiction over Arkansas, Tennessee and portions of Mississippi. “If it does,
it violates the law, and EEOC will seek to rectify such discriminatory acts. In
this case, we are pleased that SFI of Tennessee chose to resolve the matter
without protracted litigation.”