BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit Nov. 18 against
Labor Solutions LLC, formerly known as East Coast Labor Solutions LLC, alleging civil
According to EEOC, the temporary staffing firm recruited
Hispanic workers to work at a poultry processing plant but subjected them to
less favorable terms and conditions of employment than non-Hispanic workers.
Additionally, East Coast Labor Solutions purportedly refused to accommodate the
disabilities of certain Hispanic employees.
“In addition to national origin
discrimination, this case involves violations of the rights of people with
disabilities,” said Delner-Franklin Thomas,
district director of EEOC's Birmingham District Office, which has jurisdiction
over Alabama, portions of Mississippi and Florida. “When
employers ignore requests for disability accommodations made by any employee,
whether temporary or permanent, foreign- or domestic-born, they may run afoul
of federal law.”
EEOC seeks lost wages and benefits, as well as compensatory
and punitive damages, for the alleged victims.
“The goal of Title VII is to
ensure employers treat their employees equally, regardless of national origin,”
said EEOC Birmingham regional attorney C. Emanuel Smith. “EEOC
will continue to take action against staffing companies that violate the law
and protect all employees against discrimination, regardless of their citizenship
or immigration status.”