$400,000 Settlement in Racial Harassment Case Against Cement and Concrete Products Company

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ready Mix USA, a major cement and concrete  products company, will pay $400,000 and furnish other relief to settle a  lawsuit for racial  harassment filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission  (EEOC).

The EEOC charged in its lawsuit that a class of African  American males at Ready Mix’s Montgomery-area facilities was subjected to a  racially hostile work environment. The EEOC  said that a noose was displayed in the worksite, that derogatory racial language,  including references to the Ku Klux Klan, was used by a direct supervisor and  manager and that race-based name calling occurred. Ready Mix denies that racial harassment  occurred at its worksites.

Racial discrimination and  harassment violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC filed suit against Ready Mix USA  LLC, doing business as Couch Ready Mix USA LLC (EEOC v. Ready Mix USA 2:09-CV-923) after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation  settlement through its conciliation process.

The consent decree settling the suit provides that Ready Mix  will pay a total of $400,000 in compensatory damages to be apportioned among  the seven class members. Each party will  bear its own litigation costs and attorneys’ fees. The two-year decree enjoins Ready Mix from  engaging in further racial harassment or retaliation and requires that the  company conduct EEO training. Ready Mix  will be required to modify its policies to ensure that racial harassment is  prohibited and a system for investigation of complaints is in place. The company must also report certain  complaints of harassment or retaliation to the EEOC for monitoring.

According to company information, Ready  Mix provides cement and concrete products to construction projects in  industrial, commercial, residential and municipal projects.

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