Texas petroleum and gas industry equipment company Torqued-Up Energy Services was sued by the EEOC for racial harassment and retaliation after two of the company’s supervisors subjected an African-American employee to derogatory racial slurs and epithets.
According to the EEOC, when the black employee reported the racial harassment to company management, the company retaliated against him by removing him from his work crew and assigning him to perform menial tasks such as sweeping the floors and washing trucks, despite the employee’s 30 years of experience in the oil industry. Torqued-Up also allegedly reduced the employee’s work schedule, which caused his salary to decrease.
The Torqued-Up management was also accused of retaliating against the African-American employee by giving him a bad recommendation to a new potential employer after he was no longer employed by Torqued-Up.
EEOC attorney David Rivela said, “Every employee has the right to a workplace free from harassment. No one should be subjected to racial slurs and derogatory comments, and no company should tolerate such behavior in its workplace.”
Torqued-Up Energy Services recently agreed to pay $150,000 to settle the EEOC racial harassment lawsuit.
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