CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced last week that Schenker Inc., a leader in contract logistic services, will pay $750,000 after several charges of discrimination were filed against the company.
In 2011, a group of warehouse employees in Joliet, Illinois, alleged race and national origin harassment in the workplace. These employees said they were subjected to the discrimination repeatedly, despite
complaints to management. A subset of this group also alleged they were
sexually harassed. After hearing complaints, the EEOC examined the matter, also
looking at whether the company’s hiring practices
hindered the employment prospects for black and Hispanic applicants.
The agency announced evidence that showed reasonable cause
to believe Schenker violated the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Schenker denied the
allegations, but agreed to pay $750,000 to the allegedly victimized individuals
in order to resolve the charges and reaffirm commitment to equal employment
“Harassment, retaliation and the
use of overly broad criminal background policies are all priorities under the
EEOC's strategic enforcement plan," said Julianne Bowman, director of
EEOC's Chicago District Office. "This resolution addresses those priorities,
improving Schenker's hiring procedures and the working lives of current
Schenker employees as a result."