Hi Care Settles Racial Discrimination Lawsuit For $150,000
Hi Care, Inc. pays $150,000 to settle a racial discrimination lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"). According to accounts which have been published, Hi Care engaged in a pattern and practice of race-based assignments of its caregiving employees. Hi Care employed a practice known as racial coding. Racial coding would identify clients who preferred Caucasian caregivers. It is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to make employment decisions about job assignments based on an employee’s race.
As part of the settlement with the EEOC, Hi Care agrees to monitoring by the EEOC to ensure they are not letting this practice happen again. In a case like this the paper work trail of evidence would be difficult to refute. This is a classic case of the company's own business records hurting them. I am glad to see the EEOC hold this company to good business practices.
“We believe that by entering into this consent decree, Hi Care is expressing its determination to prevent future race-based assignments and discrimination,” said EEOC attorney Debra M. Lawrence.