BAY COUNTRY PROFESSIONAL CONCRETE WILL PAY $74,000 TO SETTLE EEOC HARASSMENT AND RETALIATION LAWSUITS
Concrete Contractor Fired Workers Who Opposed Harassment
Baltimore County-based Bay Country Professional Concrete will pay $74,000 and furnish significant equitable relief to settle two federal harassment and retaliation lawsuits.
In the first lawsuit, it was charged that Bay Country’s owner repeatedly used racial slurs and fired a secretary in retaliation for her opposition to the racial harassment.
In the second lawsuit, it was charged that Bay Country subjected a concrete finisher, who is male and African American, to racial and sexual harassment by a foreman and co-workers. The harassment included racial slurs, explicit sexual comments and gestures and threats. The concrete finisher called the police to file charges after one co-worker groped him and another intentionally poked him with a shovel handle. According to the suit, the concrete finisher complained about the harassment and Bay Country fired him in retaliation the same day.
Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits harassment based on race or sex. Title VII also prohibits employers from firing an employee because he or she opposed or complained about harassment.
In addition to $44,000 in monetary relief to the secretary and $30,000 in monetary relief to the concrete finisher, the three-year consent decrees resolving the lawsuits enjoin Bay Country from engaging in discrimination or harassment based on race and retaliation in the future. Bay Country must implement and disseminate to all employees a detailed policy against harassment and retaliation — both in English and Spanish. The company will also provide training on Title VII, post a notice about the settlements, and report to the EEOC its handling of any internal complaints of harassment or retaliation.
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