JBS Greeley will pay up to $ 5.5 million for discriminating against past workers.
The U.S. Commission on Equal Employment Opportunities filed a lawsuit in 2010 against a food processing company. The EEOC claimed that JBS discriminated against black people, Muslims and immigrants from Somalia.
The alleged discrimination violates Article VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, a federal law prohibiting discrimination in the workplace.
“The EEOC is proud to have received such a significant relief for hundreds of workers affected by the illegal labor practices alleged in this lawsuit,” EEOC President Charlotte A. Burroughs said in a news release. “This situation is a reminder that discrimination and harassment on a regular basis remain important issues that we need to address.”
News reported that Muslim staff were not allowed to pray and were harassed when they tried to pray during the scheduled break. The EEOC alleges that during Ramadan 2008, company employees turned off water fountains and banned drinking water and bathing before prayers.
Muslim staff in Somalia were also banned from taking a break in the bathroom, and they were “more disciplined than other staff.” These employees were often called by offensive names and targeted through bathroom graffiti.
The EEOC also claimed that company managers and other employees “threw meat or bones at black and Somali workers”.
In addition to cashing in, JBS has re-employed former employees covered by the decree, amended its anti-discrimination policy, established a 24-hour hotline for discrimination reports, and set up a diversity committee. llab support provides an opportunity to review employee complaints. and provide annual training on anti-discrimination laws.
The company must also provide a “clean, quiet and appropriate” place for employees ’religious ceremonies. These areas do not include bathrooms.
“I hope that the employer’s new policy, especially one that provides for the prompt handling of harassment complaints and the provision of appropriate time and space for workers to put their beliefs into practice, is the right one. “It’s a step in the right direction,” he said.