Big Lots Settles Racial Discrimination Lawsuit For $400,000
Big Lots settled a racial discrimination lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") on behalf of five employees for $400,000. According to the lawsuit Big Lots violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by subjecting a black maintenance mechanic and other black employees to racial harassment and racial discrimination at its distribution center.
The documents filed in the litigation also claim Hispanic workers including an immediate supervisor made racially derogatory jokes, and comments including the use of the words “n----r” and “monkey.” The men reported the racial discrimination to management but Big Lots failed to correct or stop the harassment.
“Working in a job that they valued highly, the employees in this case rightfully expected to earn a living free of discrimination,” said Anna Park, regional attorney of the EEOC’s Los Angeles District Office. “