When one manager subjected her employee to racial slurs and harassment, the EEOC taught the company an expensive lesson.
Icon Burger Acquisition LLC, doing business as Smashburger in Long Island, NY, was sued by the EEOC for a racially hostile work environment.
According to the lawsuit, a manager frequently directed racial slurs toward an African-American employee. She also harassed him for being in an interracial relationship. The employee complained, but nothing was done to correct the manager’s behavior. This is a violation of the Civil Rights Act.
The company will pay $70,000 to settle the lawsuit and also must revise its anti-discrimination policies.