Fremont Toyota, a California car dealership agreed to pay $400,000 and implement training for the dealership’s management staff to settle a federal discrimination lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The lawsuit alleged that Fremont Toyota’s general manager singled out four Afghan American salesmen during a staff meeting, calling them “terrorists” and threatening them with violence. The salesmen reported the harassment and later became the targets of verbal harassment. The salesmen were later forced to resign. Full article.

Retaliation against an employee for taking action against perceived discrimination violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The law forbids retaliation when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment. It is illegal to fire, demote, harass, or otherwise “retaliate” against people (applicants or employees) because they filed a charge of discrimination, because they complained to their employer about discrimination on the job, or because they participated in an employment discrimination proceeding.

The attorneys at Leeds Morelli & Brown, P.C., dedicate a large amount of their practice to discrimination claims. For any questions, contact an attorney at the Leeds Brown Law, P.C. law firm for a free consultation at 1-800-585-4658. Leeds Brown Law, P.C.’s website is located at www.lmblaw.com.