$65,000 Settlement in Race Discrimination and Retaliation Lawsuit, Training Ordered

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

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Atsalis Brothers Painting Company,  a Warren, Mich.-based painting company which does business in several states,  will pay $65,000 to settle a retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal  Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC had charged that Atsalis unlawfully  retaliated against an employee for objecting to race discrimination.

In its lawsuit filed in 2011, the  EEOC said that Atsalis retaliated against Rodney Trice, a journeyman painter,  who complained about the use of the “N-word” by his foreman, by not bringing  him back to work for the 2008 work season. (EEOC v. Atsalis Bros. Painting  Co., Civil Action No. 11-cv-11296).

Race discrimination and retaliation  for complaining about it violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of  1964. The EEOC filed suit in U.S.  District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan after first attempting to  reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.

The approval of the consent decree  by Judge Victoria A. Roberts brings a formal end to the litigation between the  EEOC and Atsalis. In addition to paying  $65,000 to Trice, the decree requires the company to provide ongoing anti-discrimination  training to all of the company’s officers, managers, supervisors and human  resources personnel; create a new anti-discrimination policy; institute new  procedures for handling discrimination complaints; and file reports with the  EEOC regarding compliance with the decree’s requirements.

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