Hispanic Discrmination Lawsuit Settles with EEOC




Maritime Autowash (later known as Phase 2 Invest­ments, Inc.) will pay $300,000 in monetary relief and furnish equitable relief to settle a federal race and national origin dis­crimination lawsuit filed because of Hispanic Discrimination.

According to the lawsuit, Maritime violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by segregating a class of Hispanic workers into lower-paying jobs as laborers or detailers at its former Edgewater, Md., facility. Maritime failed to offer them promotion or advancement opportunities to key employee or cashier positions, despite their tenure and outstanding job performance, and paid many class members only the minimum wage despite years of service, while paying non-Hispanic workers higher wages and promoting them.

It was that charged that Maritime discriminated against the Hispanic class members in their terms and conditions of employment, such as forcing them to perform other duties without additional compen­sation and denying them proper safety equipment or clothing. Maritime required Hispanic workers to perform personal tasks for the owner and managers, such as routinely assigning the female Hispanic class members to clean the houses of the owner or manager and assigning the male Hispanics to perform duties at their homes, such as landscaping, cleaning the pool, picking up dog excrement, painting or helping with moves.

Such alleged conduct OF Hispanic Discrimination violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC filed its suit (EEOC v. Phase 2 Invest­ments, Inc., et. al, Civil Action No. 1:17-cv-02463) in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Northern Division, after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.

According to the three-year consent decree resolving the lawsuit, Maritime no longer has any operating facilities or employees. In addition to the payment of $300,000 in compensatory damages to the original complainants and class members, the decree enjoins Maritime from retaliating in the future against any individual for asserting his or her rights under Title VII or otherwise engaging in protected activity. Should Maritime reopen and reactivate, it shall be enjoined from creating or maintaining a hostile work environment and inferior economic terms and conditions of employ­ment on the basis of national origin or race.

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