CHICAGO — In a race discrimination lawsuit announced last week by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Scrub Inc. is charged with violating federal law by discriminating against blacks in hiring, according to Occupational Health & Safety.
According to the story, although black workers were a significant segment of Scrub’s labor market and applied for jobs in large numbers, they consistently made up less than two percent of the company’s workforce.
The EEOC is seeking back pay as well as compensatory and punitive damages for Scrub’s discrimination victims, the story stated.
EEOC Acting Chairman Stuart Ishimaru said: "This employer’s hiring practices systematically screened out numerous qualified black victims, and we are suing to seek justice on their behalf."
Also being sought is injunctive relief, including rightful-place hiring of black employees, training and instituting policies, practices and programs that provide for equal employment opportunity for black applicants and workers, the story noted.
The EEOC notes that race discrimination in hiring violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the story added.
John Rowe, director of the EEOC Chicago District Office, said, "The EEOC made good-faith efforts to remedy the situation through voluntary conciliation. The agency has now determined that we need to move to the next step provided by law and challenge the discrimination in court."
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