Staffing Agency Pays $435,000 to Settle EEOC Race Discrimination Suit

According to the EEOC, Company Illegally Granted Placement Preferences to Hispanic Temps over Black Temps

A temporary staffing agency doing business in Mississippi will pay $435,000 to settle a race and national origin discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The EEOC alleged that the staffing agency had violated federal law by failing to place a class of African American workers into temporary shipping positions at a FedEx SmartPost location in Southaven, Miss., because of their race and non-Hispanic national origin.

Further, the EEOC alleged that the company granted placement preferences to Hispanic workers.

Finally, the EEOC alleged that company retaliated against an African-American employee who complained of the discrimination by refusing to place her and denying her a promotion.


According to C. Emmanuel Smith, EEOC Birmingham Regional Attorney, the “EEOC will continue to scrutinize the placement practices of temp agencies to ensure that irrelevant factors such as race and national origin play no role in staffing decisions[.]”

Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Missouri Human Rights Act.

If you believe you have been denied employment because of your race and/or national origin you may have a discrimination claim.

If you believe you have been fired by your employer because of your race and/or national origin you may have an discrimination claim.

If supervisors or co-workers are making harassing/offensive comments about your race and/or national origin you may have a harassment (hostile work environment) claim.

If you believe your employer has mistreated you because you complained about or reported discrimination you may have a retaliation claim.

If you believe you have a claim for race and/or national origin discrimination, harassment or retaliation you may want to consider filing a charge of discrimination with the EEOC or the Missouri Commission on Human Rights.

Before filing a charge of discrimination with the EEOC of the MCHR, you may want to consider contacting an experienced discrimination attorney in your area to help protect your rights.  National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) attorneys in Kansas City may be able to help you.

Filing a charge of discrimination is considered protected activity.  It is illegal for employers to retaliate against employees for engaging in protected activity.

If your employer has retaliated against you for filing a charge of discrimination with the EEOC or the MCHR you may want to consider contacting a law firm with experience handling discrimination and retaliation lawsuits.

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Claims for discrimination, harassment, hostile workplace or hostile working environment often have short deadlines. If you believe you have been discriminated against or harassed at work because of your age, you should consider contacting an experienced labor law attorney right away.

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