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March 22, 2013 / Teresa Mkhitarian

Prestige Transportation Service Sued for Hiring Discrimination

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit in Miami, Florida, alleging that Prestige Transportation Service has violated federal law by discriminating against African-American applicants.

According to the lawsuit, Prestige’s management regularly told its human resources department that it would be a “waste of paper” to give African-Americans employment, stating that “black people were trouble and would sue the company.” Prestige had also singled out its one African-American employee by forcing her to leave early on a regular basis. The EEOC further claims that Prestige failed to keep proper personnel records and punished employees who opposed their unlawful practices. Three of those employees were fired in retaliation for voicing their objections.

The EEOC is seeking class relief for African-American applicants as well as back pay and compensatory damages for the victims of discrimination. Prestige will also have to provide appropriate injunctive relief to prevent further discriminatory practices.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act makes it unlawful for any employer or organization to discriminate against employees in any way on account of an individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The Act also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for reporting such unlawful conduct. Similarly, California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits gender-based harassment or discrimination in an employment context and includes a provision barring retaliatory conduct in response to filing complaints.

If you or anyone you know has been discriminated against at their place of employment, please contact Khorrami, LLP for a confidential consultation.

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