Emmert International has agreed to pay $180,000 to settle an EEOC racial harassment lawsuit.
The EEOC claims that an Emmert International foreman and other employees subjected two employees, Jonathan Redmon and John Brainich, to a racially hostile work environment that included racial slurs, jokes, and comments.
According to the EEOC, the foreman and certain other employees regularly used the “n-word.” The company allegedly retaliated against Redmond when he complained about the harassment.
EEOC Phoenix Regional Attorney Mary Jo O’Neill said, “Egregious racial harassment and retaliation are against the law, and employers must know that this type of conduct cannot be tolerated. We are pleased with the resolution of this case, and we are hopeful that this agreement will help highlight the need to prevent discrimination in the workplace going forward.”