MILWAUKEE (Legal Newsline) —
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has charged Scion
Dental, a dental administration company in Wisconsin, with allegations of race
Nartisha Leija allegedly
successfully performed her job with Scion as a temporary employee. Scion,
however, purportedly disqualified her application for permanent employment.
According to Scion, it did not hire Leija because she lacked a college degree.
EEOC alleges, however, that the company subsequently hired Caucasian
applicants without college degrees into the same position. The company
allegedly hired four additional non-black candidates before discharging Leija
from the temporary position.
EEOC seeks back pay and
compensatory damages for Leija, as well as injunctive relief to bar the company
from race discrimination in the future. Additionally, the agency seeks an order
that would force Scion to train its managers and employees on equal employment
"EEOC continues to
fight against race discrimination in hiring that prevents African-American
applicants from getting hired for jobs they are qualified for," said John
Hendrickson, regional attorney for EEOC' s Chicago District Office. "The
law requires that black job applicants be afforded the same opportunities
granted to everyone else."