The EEOC announced that Air Express International, USA, Inc. and Danzas Corporation, doing business as DHL Global Forwarding, have agreed to pay $201,000 to nine employees to settle a hostile work environment lawsuit.
According to the complaint, DHL Global created a hostile work environment for its Hispanic employees, who were called derogatory names and slurs such as “wetback,” “beaner,” “stupid Mexican” and “Puerto Rican b—h” on an ongoing basis.
DHL Global bosses allegedly made harsh admonitions to bilingual employees about speaking Spanish at work. The EEOC claims that Hispanic employees complained to management about the harassment, but DHL Global management allegedly ignored the complaints and did not take appropriate actions to stop the hostile work environment.
EEOC Senior Trial Attorney Joel Clark said “Intimidation and ridicule based on a worker’s ethnicity isn’t just dehumanizing, it’s un-American. Employers must respond immediately to the multiple reports of harassment and eliminate the problems so as not to permit an atmosphere of contempt and mockery.”