Scion Dental, a Wisconsin-based dental benefit administration company, has agreed to pay $98,000 and to provide other relief to settle a race discrimination case brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
According to a lawsuit filed by the EEOC, Scion Dental violated federal anti-discrimination law when it failed to hire a temporary employee into a permanent position because she is African American. The EEOC said Scion twice rejected the temporary employee’s application, despite her solid job performance, while hiring seven less qualified non-African Americans for the position.
The consent decree, entered by U.S. Magistrate Judge David Jones on July 13, 2018, prohibits race discrimination in hiring.
In addition to the monetary relief, the consent decree requires Scion Dental to provide training on race discrimination to all its employees, to report any complaints by its employees about race discrimination, and to report to the EEOC regarding all hiring decisions until December of 2020.
The settlement followed a decision denying summary judgment to Scion and holding that the EEOC had presented evidence from which a jury could conclude Scion’s goal of “changing the face” of the department was evidence of race discrimination.
The EEOC filed suit (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Scion Dental, Inc., Case No. 2:16-cv-1208) in the Eastern District of Wisconsin after first attempting to reach a voluntary settlement through its conciliation process.
Scion Dental has, since the EEOC filed its lawsuit, merged with three other companies and is now known as SKYGEN USA.
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