For workers in Colorado and across the United States, workplace wrongdoing still happens. This is true despite workers being taken more seriously when they put forth allegations that they have faced illegal actions at work. That includes harassment and discrimination. There can be confusion as to what steps are available and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) can help with pursuing claims. Workers should also be cognizant of their individual rights when the law is broken and seek advice.
Discrimination and harassment allegations lead to EEOC lawsuit
A recent lawsuit filed by the EEOC asserts that a Colorado auto dealership violated several aspects of the Civil Rights Act. The claim was spurred by a female worker who said that she was dismissed because of her gender after she was subjected to sexual harassment during her time working at the dealership. She had been hired in late 2017. A manager behaved in a sexually suggestive and inappropriate way with her while she was working. He also called her derogatory names. She was eventually told by the general manager that he would not hire other females and she could not be promoted because of “drama” surrounding women. She was fired after the manager grew angry that she had taken her lunch break.
Other workers involved in the case say they were harassed and discriminated against. According to the EEOC, managers at the location broke the law with various behaviors perpetrated against employees. Sexual innuendo was used against males and females. People of color who worked there were subjected to racial slurs. If complaints were lodged, those employees were dismissed. This move by the EEOC came about one year after it informed the dealership about the problems. There were negotiations to address it, but they failed.
Workers have the right to seek compensation for employment law violations
It might be surprising that these types of allegations of employment law violations are still occurring. Unfortunately, as this case shows, they happen with a troubling regularity. Often, it may be beneficial to go beyond complaining to the employer. It is wise to have professional guidance from the outset and perhaps the EEOC can get involved. Consulting with those experienced in all forms of workplace harassment, discrimination and other forms of wrongdoing can provide help with knowing what to do. It is not necessary to accept mistreatment and having advice is a useful first step.