Family-Owned Sewing Contractor Must Pay $75,000 for National Origin Harassment
The EEOC had charged the company with subjecting an employee to harassment because of his Hispanic national origin, according to the agency. The lawsuit further charged that the employee, Jason Ramirez, was forced to resign after the company failed to address multiple complaints that Ramirez made about the harassment.
According to the EEOC’s complaint, Ramirez, who has one Hispanic parent, was subjected to the harassment on a near-daily basis from around July 2006 through June 2008. During that time, one of Ramirez’s co-workers called him derogatory names and that Ramirez was harassed by a second co-worker, who was later promoted to a supervisory role over Ramirez. According to the lawsuit, despite Ramirez’s numerous complaints to multiple levels of management including the company’s plant manager and owner, the harassment continued. Around June 9, 2008, Ramirez felt he had no other choice than to resign his position to avoid the harassment.
In addition to providing monetary relief and a letter of reference to Ramirez, the company agreed to conduct annual harassment training of its employees and managers, and make its anti-harassment policy available to all employees. The company will also report all harassment complaints of national origin-based harassment to the EEOC for the next three years, the agency says.