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PBM Graphics national origin discrimination lawsuit

PBM Graphics, Inc. has agreed to pay $334,000 to settle an EEOC national origin discrimination lawsuit.

The EEOC claims that PBM violated federal anti-discrimination law by refusing to place and/or assign non-Hispanic workers to its “core group” of regular temporary workers.

According to the EEOC, PBM subjected non-Hispanic temporary workers who worked in its light bindery production jobs to discrimination. PBM allegedly developed a “core group” of regular temporary workers who were told by the company to continue to come to work for PBM unless otherwise notified. Other temporary workers who worked for PBM were only offered work on an “as needed” basis.

The EEOC alleged that approximately 50-75 persons were assigned to this core group, and that membership in the core group was disproportionately Hispanic, to the exclusion of similarly qualified non-Latino temporary workers.

The suit further charged that PBM assigned a disproportionately greater number of work hours to Hispanic temporary workers than to similarly qualified non-Latino temporary workers, thereby denying non-Hispanic temporary workers hours of work based on their non-Hispanic national origin.

Lynette A. Barnes, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Charlotte District Office, said, “We hope this lawsuit reminds employers that they cannot discriminate on the basis of national origin, regardless of the national origin of the perpetrators, victims or beneficiaries of the discrimination.

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