OfficeMax has agreed to pay $85,000 to settle an EEOC retaliation lawsuit. As part of the settlement, the office products retailer will also target recruitment efforts to recruit more African-American and Hispanic employees.
The EEOC claims that an OfficeMax store manager retaliated against a sales associate after the associate complained about being fired because he is Hispanic.
The company ordered the store manager to reinstate the sales associate, and after he did so, the EEOC claims that the manager subjected the employee to retaliation by trying to generate reasons to terminate him again or to force him to resign.
EEOC’s Miami regional attorney Robert E. Weisberg said, “The anti-retaliation provisions in Title VII were created to provide a safe haven for employees when they speak up against workplace wrongs. It is important that the Commission support and empower employees to continue doing so without fear of reprisal from their employers.”