Calif. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
(EEOC) announced Feb. 14 that United Staffing Associates LLC, a staffing agency in Visalia, Calif., will pay $24,500 after allegations of retaliatory
to EEOC allegations, an employee had been placed by the company at the same
seasonal work location since 2006. She purportedly filed a discrimination
charge with EEOC in 2014. The following season, the company did not staff her
at that location or any other one.
a company retaliates against an individual for reporting discrimination, they are
chilling other employees from reporting such workplace abuses," said
Melissa Barrios, director of the EEOC's Fresno office. "We commend
United Staffing Associates for working with the EEOC to resolve this complaint
and to ensure that employees are protected from retaliation there in the
did not admit liability but agreed to a two-year consent agreement. As per the
agreement, United Staffing will reinstate the employee and place her on an
active assignment list. The company also will appoint an equal employment
opportunity consultant that will ensure revision of the company's policies to
better align with equal employment laws.