INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit Sept. 20 against a nursing home in Evansville, Indiana, for allegations of acceding to resident requests for non-black caregivers.

The defendants in the lawsuit are the Village at Hamilton Pointe LLC, doing business as Hamilton Pointe Health and Rehabilitation Center, Hamilton Pointe Assisted Living Center and The Cottages at Hamilton Pointe and its management company, Tender Loving Care Management Inc., doing business as TLC Management.

Additional allegations include subjecting black employees to racial harassment.

"It is difficult to comprehend that 50 years have elapsed since the adoption of the [1964] Civil Rights Act, and employers still do not understand that it is unacceptable to honor the discriminatory racial preferences of some or any of their customers," said Kenneth Lee Bird, regional attorney of the Indianapolis District Office. "When this practice is coupled with racial harassment, it's even worse. The EEOC will continue to take all the necessary steps to vigorously challenge these unlawful practices."

EEOC's Indianapolis District Office oversees agency operations in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and western Ohio, with area offices in Louisville, Cincinnati and Detroit.

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