Petroleum Equipment Company Settles EEOC Title VII Suit Alleging It Tolerated Racial Discrimination and Retaliation
After allegedly permitting racial discrimination and retaliation, a Texas-based petroleum and gas equipment company will pay $150,000 to settle a suit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
According to the EEOC, Torqued-Up Energy Services, Inc. violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it refused to stop racial harassment. An African-American oil field worker complained to management that two employees supervising him subjected him to derogatory racial slurs and epithets. Instead of reprimanding the two supervisors, the company allegedly removed the African-American employee from his crew, reduced his work schedule, and gave him menial assignments such as washing trucks and sweeping, despite his more than thirty years of experience in oil field work. After his employment ended, Torqued-Up interfered with his job search and gave him a bad recommendation to a potential employer, said the EEOC.
In addition to paying the former employee $150,000 to settle the suit, Torqued-Up must give all of its employees anti-discrimination training and implement a new anti-discrimination policy.
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