A racist bad boss at Holmes & Holmes Industrial has cost the Utah-based construction company $230,000.
Holmes & Holmes agreed to pay the $230,000 to three former employees to settle an EEOC racial harassment and retaliation lawsuit that was filed in September 2010.
The EEOC alleges that Paul Facer, a site superintendent at Holmes & Holmes, created a hostile work environment for the company’s African-American employees.
Judge Dale Kimball, in a ruling last year, agreed and found that the black employees were indeed subjected to a racially hostile work environment.
According to the EEOC, Facer “referred to the African-American employees as “n—-rs” or a variation of that word almost every time he spoke to them.”
Facer also allegedly fired one of the black employees in retaliation for complaining about the harassment.
EEOC General Counsel David Lopez said, “Employers have an obligation to protect their employees from the use of racial slurs and epithets. This case is our latest in a series of successes to combat racial harassment in the workplace. This conduct has no place nearly fifty years after the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”