Federal law prohibits employers from engaging in national origin
discrimination against employees. Such discrimination can cause a great deal of harm to employees. No employee should have to worry that they will be subjected to unfair treatment at work because of their national origin.
The company was accused of having committed national origin discrimination against its non-Hispanic temporary workers. Specifically, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged that the company engaged in preferential treatment towards Hispanic temporary workers when it came to things like the amount of work hours assigned, thus disadvantaging non-Hispanic employees when it came to such things.
A lawsuit was brought in a federal court by the EEOC against the printing and graphics communications company in connection to these allegations of national origin discrimination. As we mentioned above, this lawsuit has recently been settled. It has been reported that, as part of this settlement, the company has agreed to make a monetary payment.
As the allegations that were made in this recently settled case illustrate, national origin discrimination in the workplace can be very harmful to employees. Thus, one hopes that all employers make sure to act properly when making employment decisions (such as decisions regarding the assignment of work hours) and to not engage in national origin discrimination when it comes to such decisions. One also hopes employers are held accountable when they commit national origin discrimination against their employees.
Source: Business Insurance, "N.C. graphics firm settles EEOC charges of reverse discrimination," Judy Greenwald, Dec. 11, 2012
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