If an employer allows conditions to continue at your workplace that you feel are intentionally offensive, intimidating or unhealthy, it may be a violation of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
As reported by the Denver Post, by allowing a hostile work environment to continue since 2014, a Thornton Plains, Colorado, commercial contracting company will be paying two employees $82,500 to settle their Title VII discrimination lawsuit. At McConnell Law, P.C., we understand the stressful and sometimes unhealthy conditions that a hostile workplace may cause workers to endure. Our legal team remains highly focused on protecting workers from unfair and illegal workplace situations.
The Thornton Plains contractor agreed to the $82.5K settlement based on the accusations of the two employees who reported their treatment was highly offensive and based on their Latino ethnicity. Racially insulting comments and slurs were not uncommon at the employer’s work locations.
Along with other Latino workers, the employees’ work assignments were also in unhealthy environments such as sewers and confined spaces with high concentrations of toxic fumes. These types of assignments were reserved for the Latino workers and not assigned to white employees equally qualified for the work.
One of the two workers filed a complaint with OSHA regarding the work areas in which toxic gases such as carbon monoxide were present. Although citations were issued based on the unhealthy work conditions, the contractor falsified internal records to state that OSHA found no worker safety issues. The company also fired the employee in retaliation for making the complaint. By failing to maintain accurate records of the complaint and for the retaliatory termination, the company violated two additional Title VII provisions.
Our workplace discrimination page provides a list of some of the Title VII violations that may reflect a hostile environment.