Airport Shuttle Service Refused to Hire African-American Applicants, Says EEOC
A Miami-based airport shuttle service refused to give out job application forms to African-Americans and then fired three employees who objected to its discrimination, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claimed in a lawsuit.
The EEOC filed a complaint in U.S. District Court against Prestige Transportation Service, LLC, charging the company with violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In addition to refusing to consider black job applicants and retaliating against its own workers, Prestige’s managers discriminated against its only non-Hispanic black employee and destroyed evidence of its hiring and pay practices, according to the EEOC.
Prestige mostly carries airline crews between South Florida airports and nearby hotels. The EEOC said it tried to settle with the company before filing suit. Now it seeks an injunction to stop further discrimination by Prestige; relief for black job applicants as a class; and back pay and damages for victims of illegal bias.
"Our investigation revealed that Prestige compounded its harm by retaliating against those who stood up to the discrimination and by destroying documents,” said Malcolm Medley, director of the EEOC’s Miami office. “The EEOC takes allegations of retaliation and document destruction very seriously."
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