Choctaw Transportation Company, a marine construction and transportation company located in Dyersburg, Tennessee, is settling an U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) lawsuit after being sued and accused of not hiring African-Americans. The company has been ordered to pay an African-American job applicant $75,000. The lawsuit alleged that the company refused to hire a Black job applicant for a deckhand position because of his race. In addition to the money settlement, other remedies include that the company will be required to use best efforts to fill up to 25% of open positions with African-Americans, maintain records of discrimination complaints, and provide annual reports to the EEOC. This remedy list, however, is not exhaustive. See
Discriminating against an innocent individual or a group based on race or national origin may be prosecuted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, such as those individuals who are Muslim, Arab, Afghani, Middle Eastern or South Asian. The law prohibits harassment or any other employment action based on religious affiliation, physical or cultural traits and clothing. For more information, see: http://www.eeoc.gov/facts/fs-relig_ethnic.html
It is challenging and stressful when people are subjected to racism or discrimination, especially in a nation that was created on premises such as equal rights for all. The lawyers at Leeds Morelli & Brown, PC, located in Nassau County, New York, have fought against discrimination for over two decades with much success. If you have been a victim of discrimination because of your age, gender, race, or sexual orientation, call 1-800-585-4658 or 516-873-9550 to schedule an appointment for free consultation.