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Tuesday February 20th 2018



EEOC sues Vitol and Johnson Controls for retaliation

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against Houston-based companies Vitol, Inc. and Johnson Controls, Inc. for allegedly retaliating against a woman who filed a charge of discrimination with the EEOC.

After being fired by Vitol in 2008, Lucinda Gonzalez filed a discrimination complaint with the EEOC.  In the meantime, Gonzalez began working for Johnson Controls.

According to the EEOC, Vitol forwarded a copy of the discrimination charge to Johnson Controls allegedly in retaliation for Gonzalez’s filing the complaint.  Johnson Controls then fired Gonzalez shortly after receiving the charge from Vitol.

R.J. Ruff, Jr., district director of the EEOC’s Houston District Office, said, “Even if a charge, made in good faith, is dismissed, an employee must be protected from adverse action for filing the charge.”