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Employment discrimination lawsuit against Colorado moving company

Readers in Denver will be interested to hear of an employment discrimination lawsuit involving a moving and storage company based in Grand Junction. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently filed a lawsuit against the company for allegedly discriminating against employees. According to the EEOC, the company permitted its Salt Lake City warehouse facility to take discriminatory action against Mexican immigrants.

The lawsuit was reportedly filed last week in a U.S. District Court in Utah. The filing alleges that the moving company violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the EEOC says that Hispanic workers employed at the warehouse were subjected to discrimination and a hostile work environment. It was said that the employees were subjected to ethnic slurs.

According to the complaint, the company also used unduly restrictive language in its workplace policy. The language was said to have a "disparate impact against Hispanics and Asians/Pacific Islanders." Additionally, when employees complained about abuses by management, the workers were subjected to retaliation, such as forced reduction of work hours or even termination.

The EEOC has requested that fired employees be re-hired, as well as receive monetary damages and back pay. The federal agency has also suggested that the court require the moving and storage company to institute certain programs and policies to prevent future violations of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

A regional attorney for the EEOC had this to say: "Offensive slurs and comments deriding one's national origin violate Title VII and are never appropriate in the workplace; such conduct is the very definition of a hostile work environment."

Source: Fox News Latino, "Feds Sue Moving Company for Anti-Latino Bias," Dec. 29, 2011

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