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Posted On: November 15, 2011 by Peter M. LaSorsa

Simon Property Group Inc. Pays $125,000 To Settle National Origin Lawsuit

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC') settled a national origin lawsuit with the Simon Property Group, Inc. According to published Latino janitors working for the company were subjected to daily verbal attacks because of their national origin. Examples included a white housekeeping shift leader subjecting the Latino janitors to verbal abuse, including racial slurs.

In a remarkable piece of evidence over twelve Latino janitors submitted written statements complaining about the shift leader. And nothing ws done to stop this conduct. The harassment continued for another year, until the supervisor was finally terminated for other reasons. This type of behavior by a company is not acceptable. The company would have been better off firing this man when the twelve workers came forward and complained.

"National origin discrimination issues are on the rise and we are committed to vigorously enforcing federal laws to ensure workplaces free of harassment and discrimination.” said EEOC attorney Anna Park
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