Company settles EEOC claim for $30,600 in discrimination suit

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was established by the federal government in an attempt to ensure employees and applicants were not unfairly discriminated against for issues related to race, marital status, creed or disability. When an employee or applicant believes that he or she has been a victim of discrimination, he or she may file an EEOC claim. This agency operates in every state, including California, and has aided thousands of workers.

One such claim was recently filed against a company that operates housing for seniors as well as the disabled. A woman who is deaf and does not speak applied for a position as a site manager for a complex that provides housing primarily for hearing-impaired residents. The employer, Graceworks Lutheran Services, purportedly denied the woman's application. The company reportedly required that any new manager not be hearing disabled.

The woman's complaint was acted upon by the EEOC, which filed a lawsuit against the company. The company recently offered a settlement for an estimated $30,660. Along with the monetary amount, the company agreed to provide further anti-discrimination training and to report any possible incidences of such discrimination. The company also agreed to prevent retaliation against those who file discrimination claims.

This company elected to settle this EEOC claim instead of having the suit decided by a judge as a successful lawsuit may have lead to the company facing more serious consequences. California residents who believe they have suffered from discriminatory practices on the part of an employer do have the right to file a complaint with this federal agency. Along with a complaint, the individual may also seek the advice of an employment law specialist who can ensure a claim is handled in an efficient and timely manner.

Source: mcknightsseniorliving.com, "EEOC lawsuit settled by seniors housing provider for $30,000", Lois A. Bowers, Feb. 26, 2017

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