A lawsuit has been filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Hillshire Brands Co. alleging racial bias.
Hillshire Brands Co. has been charged by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with racial discrimination in a lawsuit concerning a class of workers at its now-closed Sara Lee Plant in Paris, Texas. According to the agency, workers at the plant had been subjected to racial graffiti on walls of the plant and some employees were called racial slurs by other workers.
Source: Business Insurance Report “EEOC charges food manufacturer with racial bias at Sara Lee plant”
“The agency said in a statement Monday that workers at the plant operated by Chicago-based Hillshire had been subjected to racial graffiti including racial epithets, drawings and other racial symbols scrawled on the bathroom walls of the Sara Lee plant in Paris…The EEOC alleges also that some of the black employees were called racial slurs by a supervisor and other white co-workers, and that its investigation found that company officials had ignored the employees’ complaints about unfair treatment at the plant.”
The class involves approximately 70 workers. Hillshire, which is based in Chicago, stands accused of violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The Problem of Racial Discrimination in Employment
EEOC Dallas Regional Attorney Robert A. Canino released a statement regarding the persistent issue of work related racial discrimination saying “Racial harassment unfortunately remains a persistent problem in the 21st century, more than 50 years after passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964…The bad seeds of racial animus planted in the workplace cannot be allowed to spread over time and to choke out mutual respect on the job. Racism must be uprooted by decisive action to cultivate equal opportunity.”
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission receives thousands of racial discrimination complaints each year. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides protections for workers against this type of discrimination on the job. These protections are granted for the processes of recruiting, hiring, and advancement. Unfortunately, a number of employers in the U.S. disregard the law and violate the civil rights act, leading to charges as the one discussed above.
Dallas employment law attorney Carson Croft says of the matter “it is critical that employees understand their legal rights and what protections they have according to anti-discrimination laws. The problem is widespread in the United States and one of the most effective solutions for dealing with it is for workers to exercise their legal options when they face discrimination by supervisors and others on the job.”
Says Croft, on the job discrimination can surface in many forms, and some may be more obvious than others. Because some acts of racial discrimination against employees take place undetected the attorney says that these can be some of the most challenging legal cases for workers to choose to bring forward. However, Croft asserts “no matter the challenges faced by workers who witness racially motivated acts of discrimination or experience the negative impact of it, they must step forward to ensure that the problem is properly addressed.”
Contacting an experienced discrimination attorney is one of the most effective first steps to addressing problems with work related discrimination that cannot be handled in house. An attorney who specializes in this field will know what steps are best for complainants to take regarding key items like filing a complaint with the EEOC.
Eberstein Witherite LLP