In a settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a company that fuels planes at airports has agreed to pay $1.9 million to black and Hispanic employees who claim they were discriminated against. Though the company admitted no wrongdoing, it also agreed to conduct sensitivity and diversity training as part of the agreement. According to the EEOC, company employees waved KKK membership cards at black and Hispanic employees. Also, nooses and drawings of swastikas were common, and Hispanic employees were forced to ride in the back of shuttle buses. One employee, Francisco Ochoa, went to his manager to complain about the discrimination. Ochoa saw himself drawn in a racially offensive cartoon that had been placed under glass on the manager’s desk.
A federal appeals court has ruled that an employer who terminated a pregnant employee is guilty of pregnancy discrimination. The court ruled that because her managers discussed her pregnancy in relation to her termination, saying that her “belly would be in the way,” the comments were discriminatory.
A federal court has awarded a former security officer more than $50,000 in back wages and attorney’s fees after he was fired for refusing to shave his beard as requested by his employer. The officer kept his beard closely cropped but maintained that the beard was part of his religious observance. The court found that the company’s request was religious discrimination.