No employee should have to face wrongful harassment (such as sexual harassment, racial harassment or national origin harassment) or wrongful retaliation at their place of work. Such wrongful conduct can cause great harm to employees.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged that a general manager at the dealership engaged in national origin harassment against four individuals who worked as salesmen for the dealership. The four individuals are Afghan-American. According to the EEOC, the alleged harassment included threatening the individuals and calling them "terrorists."
Reportedly, the four individuals complained to the dealership about this alleged harassment. The EEOC alleged that the four individuals were retaliated against for making these complaints. According to the EEOC, the four individuals eventually ended up quitting their jobs with the dealership as a result of the alleged retaliation.
Reportedly, a fifth Afghan-American individual took actions in opposition to the alleged harassment. This individual was a manager with the dealership. According to the EEOC, after opposing the alleged harassment, this individual was fired. The EEOC claimed that this individual's firing was retaliatory.
A lawsuit was brought in a federal court in California by the EEOC against the dealership in connection to these allegations. A settlement was recently reached in regards to this lawsuit. Reportedly, as part of this settlement, the dealership has agreed to make a monetary payment to the five above-mentioned Afghan-American individuals.
As the allegations that were made in this recently settled case underscore, wrongful harassment and wrongful retaliation can be very harmful to employees. Thus, one hopes that all employers make sure to take all proper steps to ensure that their employees are not subjected to wrongful harassment or wrongful retaliation.
Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, "Fremont Toyota Pays $400,000 to Settle EEOC's Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit," Aug. 7, 2012