(Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
announced March 30 that King-Lar, a custom sheet metal and HVAC work company
based in Decatur, Ill., will pay $325,000 over allegations of federal discrimination.
this case makes clear, tolerating harassment can have serious
consequences," said Gregory Gochanour, EEOC regional attorney. "The
EEOC will defend the rights of all employees to be free from this sort of cruel
misconduct in the workplace."
to the EEOC, King-Lar had a pattern of allowing white employees to verbally harass
and then threaten a black employee of Puerto Rican origin. The harassment
allegedly led to a brutal physical assault. The EEOC contends King-Lar management
knew about the discrimination and did not take action to stop it.
are grateful that the employee had the courage to bring this to the EEOC's
attention,” said Julie Bowman, district director of the EEOC's Chicago district office. "This kind of harassment is unconscionable and unlawful, and the EEOC is
here to fight it."
agreed to implement a system in which employees can anonymously complain via an
online medium or a telephone number. The company also must train employees on
harassment and discrimination.