In 2011, over 35,300 race discrimination charges were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by American workers.
In 2012, the five largest race discrimination employment lawsuits ended up costing the accused organizations $55.7 million in lawsuit settlement payments and judgments for monetary damages.
Juries awarded monetary damages to the plaintiffs in three of the cases. ArcelorMittal, based in Buffalo, NY, was ordered by a jury to pay $25 million to a former employee who claimed to have been subjected to racial harassment while working at ArcelorMillal’s now-closed Buffalo-area steel plant.
Chicago’s Cook County will pay $7.6 million after a jury found that a Cook County Health and Hospital System doctor was subjected to race discrimination, gender discrimination, and retaliation.
A jury ordered Sears to pay $5.2 million to an African-American employee in its Sacramento-based Sears Home Improvement Products location. The employee claims that he was subjected to race discrimination and a racially hostile work environment.
The other two organizations paid millions of dollars to settle the race discrimination lawsuits that were brought against them. YRC/Yellow Transportation, based in Chicago Ridge, IL, agreed to pay $11 million to settle an EEOC race discrimination and racial harassment lawsuit, and Pepsi agreed to pay $3.13 million to settle a race discrimination lawsuit that the EEOC filed against Pepsi.