Chicago Company to Pay $750K Resolve Federal Discrimination Charges

October 31, 2016

Contract logistics services provider, Schenker Inc., has agreed to pay $750,000 to resolve several charges of discrimination filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the agency announced.

The multi-year investigation began in May 2011 when a group of warehouse employees in Joliet, Ill., alleged that they had been subjected to ongoing race and national origin harassment in the workplace, which persisted despite their complaints to management.

A subset of the group also made allegations of sexual harassment.

Following the initial complaints, the EEOC investigated allegations that the company’s national hiring practices hindered the employment prospects of black and Hispanic applicants. The agency issued a finding that the evidence showed reasonable cause to believe the company had violated the Civil Rights Act.

The company has denied the allegations. In an effort to resolve the charges, Schenker has, however, agreed to pay $750,000 to individuals identified by EEOC as having been subjected to the unlawful discrimination.

The monetary relief will be awarded as damages to individual charging parties and class members who worked at the Joliet warehouse, along with others identified by EEOC as having been denied employment opportunities.

The company has also partnered with EEOC to implement a variety of measures aimed at preventing discrimination in their workplace and educating their workforce. Notably, the company updated its criminal background check policy to comply with EEOC guidance, ensuring that background checks on prospective employees are not conducted until an offer of employment has been made. Moreover, criminal records will be reviewed on a case by case basis, with consideration given to the nature and gravity of the offense, the time elapsed, and the specifications of the position.

Schenker Inc. also agreed to update its policies on harassment and discrimination, implement an external outlet for individuals who wish to make complaints of discrimination, and conduct annual training for all its employees nationwide, including specialized training for those working in a HR or hiring capacity. Furthermore, the company agreed to provide periodic reports of any new complaints of discrimination and applicant flow data to the EEOC for the next three years.

Source: EEOC

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  • November 4, 2016 at 12:56 pm
    Deplorables says:
    wow, she is the only one I have fired in 30 years. I have good, long term employees who enjoy working here, enjoy their pay, benefits and have great technology and carriers to... read more
  • November 3, 2016 at 10:05 am
    Ron says:
    Jack, I am sure those who are being discriminated against are even more eager than you for this to stop.
  • November 3, 2016 at 9:09 am
    wow says:
    She should have received hazard pay for having to work for you.
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