According to EIN News, Walmart has agreed to pay a penalty for harassment in a California case. The retail giant has agreed to pay a large sum for their failures to protect their employees’ rights in a case brought on by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ten Mexican-immigrant workers at a Fresno Sam’s Club alleged that they were repeatedly attacked with insults, derogatory comments, and discriminated against due to their national origin.
The EEOC found that Walmart’s management failed to properly address the national origin discrimination claims and violated Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964. The retail giant agreed to pay $440,000 in a settlement, and will ensure its Fresno and Bakersfield Sam’s Club locations take a number of steps so that national origin discrimination of similar kind does not continue. The company will keep track of discrimination complaints and report both incidents and resolutions to the EEOC.
Employees have a right to protect themselves against discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age or genetic information. It is not permissible under federal law for an employer to discriminate against a worker for any of those reasons mentioned, and each employee is entitled to a safe work environment free of harassment and discrimination.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob – Los Angeles employment attorney