Miss. (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
(EEOC) announced March 23 that Rite Way Service Inc. will pay $70,000 to a
former employee over allegations of unlawful retaliation.
access to the legal system remains a national priority for the EEOC," said
Delner Franklin-Thomas, director of the EEOC's Birmingham district office.
"This settlement demonstrates the commission's ongoing commitment to
protect employees who participate in workplace investigations from illegal
The EEOC had alleged Rite Way, a former Alabama company delivering janitorial services
to commercial facilities in the Southeast, retaliated against an employee who
participated in a sexual harassment complaint case. Mekeva Tennort performed
janitorial duties for the company at Biloxi Junior High School.
2011, Tennort gave supervisors a statement about a sexual harassment complaint
filed by another employee. The EEOC alleged the company then issued her multiple
written warnings about supposed performance issues before firing her because of
them. The commission maintains the supposed performance issues were untrue and
lawsuit and resulting settlement achieves the EEOC's objectives of providing
specific relief to the victim and educating employers that Title VII not only
protects those who file a charge of discrimination, but also for those who
speak up during the course of a workplace investigation,” Birmingham district regional attorney Marsha Rucker said.