In January, Shack-Findlay Automotive, LLC, doing business as Findlay Honda and Findlay Automotive Group, Inc., a car dealership in Henderson, Nevada, agreed to pay $150,000 to two African-American employees to settle a hostile work environment, discrimination, harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by the EEOC.
According to the EEOC, parts department manager Michael Austin made racially derogatory comments and jokes on an almost daily basis and imposed stricter work-related rules on black employees than on their non-black counterparts. Two African-American employees were eventually fired, one of whom was fired after he expressed his intention to file a discrimination complaint against Findlay Honda.
Adriana Lopez, acting local director for the EEOC’s Las Vegas Local Office, said, “Retaliation is the No. 1 type of complaint filed with the EEOC nationwide and also in our district. Workers are increasingly aware that they have the right to report discrimination and harassment without reprisal by employers. We encourage employers to take preventative measures to combat this form of discrimination.”
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