A California-based ice cream company will pay $200,000 and take other steps to settle a lawsuit that accused it of engaging in national origin discrimination by illegally favoring Hispanic job applicants over others.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against Fresno-based Helados La Tapatia, which produces Mexican-style desserts.
The agency’s suit accused the employer of violating Title VII by favoring Hispanic job applicants for entry-level positions such as warehouse worker and route sales driver.
It said the employer even discouraged non-Hispanic individuals from applying for work. In addition, it asserted that the employer fired its only non-Hispanic driver in Fresno after just one week based on his race and national origin.
To settle the case, the employer agreed to pay $200,000.
It will also hire an equal employment opportunity consultant and implement a new recruitment plan. It will also provide training for managers and employees.
In addition, it will maintain a tracking system for all complaints of discrimination.