OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced Nov. 15 that automobile detailing business OnSite Solutions LLC will pay $50,000 to settle allegations of race discrimination.
According to EEOC, OnSight Solutions’ affiliated company, On Sight K.C. LLC, demoted one employee and fired three others because they were African-American. On Sight K.C. performed automobile detailing services for Joe Cooper Ford in Midwest City, Oklahoma. On Sight’s area manager allegedly told Douglas Williams, the African-American manager of its detailing crew at Joe Cooper Ford, that On Sight wanted to replace the staff with white and Hispanic employees. Williams was purportedly demoted, while three African-American employees were fired.
“After decades of civil rights law enforcement, racism in the workplace remains a persistent problem,” said James R. Neely Jr., director of EEOC's St. Louis District Office. “Regardless of an employer's personal beliefs, or the preferences of their clients, they may not make employment decisions based on race.”
In addition to the monetary fine, OnSite Solutions must take specific actions to prevent future discrimination. This includes an equal employment opportunity policy revisal.
“The Civil Rights Act of 1964 remains as relevant today as when it was enacted,” said Andrea G. Baran, regional attorney for EEOC's St. Louis District. “And when employers violate the law, they may not evade liability for their discriminatory conduct by corporate restructuring.”