September 2, 2008

EEOC LITIGATION UPDATES

by Patricia Schaeffer, Vice President-Regulatory Affairs

  • EEOC announced that Tobacco Superstores, Inc. will pay $425,000 and provide significant remedial relief to settle a race discrimination lawsuit on behalf of qualified black workers who were denied promotion to management. Under a three-year consent decree, the company will provide monetary relief to the plaintiff and 23 black class members who were allegedly denied promotions based on their race at stores in Arkansas and Mississippi.
  • A federal district court in Oregon has approved a $630,000 consent decree settling an EEOC lawsuit alleging that Video Only Inc., an electronics chain based in Seattle, unlawfully harassed two employees and then retaliated after the employees complained (EEOC v. Video Only Inc., D. Or., No.06-1362, consent decree approved 7/30/08).
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