Calif. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
(EEOC) announced a lawsuit Jan. 12 against Marquez Brothers International Inc.
for allegations of failing to hire non-Hispanic applicants for entry-level
positions due to their race.
core mission is to ensure equal employment opportunity for all. Deterring
applicants from applying because of their race flies in the face of federal
law," said Anna Park, regional attorney for EEOC's Los Angeles District
Office, whose jurisdiction includes Kings County.
to EEOC, Marquez Brothers gave preferential treatment in its hiring practices
to Hispanic job applicants. It would allegedly hire less-qualified Hispanics
over more qualified members of other races, including black, white and Asian
applicants. Alleged conduct of this nature violates Title VII of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964.
its lawsuit against the company and affiliates that include Marquez Brothers Marquez
Brothers Enterprises Inc., Marquez Brothers Foods Inc., Marquez Brothers
Southern California Inc., Marquez Brothers Nevada Inc. and Marquez Brothers
Texas I Inc.
must be aware of their responsibility under the law to provide employment
opportunities to everyone, regardless of race,” said Melissa Barrios, director
of EEOC's Fresno local office.