No employee should have to worry that they will be subjected to retaliation for making complaints about workplace racial discrimination/harassment. Such wrongful retaliation can cause a great deal of harm to the employee it is directed towards and can create a working environment in which racial harassment/discrimination can run rampant. Federal law prohibits such retaliation.
Allegedly, the woman's supervisor at the company engaged in racial harassment against the woman. Specifically, it has been alleged that the supervisor made offensive race-based comments against the woman.
Reportedly, the woman reported the alleged racial harassment to the janitorial services company. It has been alleged that, after the woman made this complaint to the company, she was fired by her supervisor. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims that this firing was retaliation for the woman having complained about the alleged racial harassment.
A lawsuit has been brought in a federal court in Virginia by the EEOC in connection to these allegations. The janitorial services company is named as defendant in this lawsuit. Reportedly, this lawsuit is asking for both monetary and non-monetary relief. It will be interesting to see what ultimately happens in this case.
As the allegations in this case illustrate, wrongful retaliation can be extremely harmful. Thus, one hopes that employers take all proper steps to ensure that their employees are not subjected to wrongful retaliation.
Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, "EEOC Sues Paramount Janitorial Services, Inc. For Retaliation," Dec. 21, 2012
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