Government turns heat on employers over job bias

AP News
Posted: Aug 16, 2012 12:23 PM
Government turns heat on employers over job bias

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's latest victory against job discrimination started with allegations of hangman's nooses, graffiti and racist comments targeting a handful of black workers at a trucking warehouse in Chicago Ridge, Ill.

Four years later, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had turned the case into a major class action lawsuit. It alleged that more than 170 employees of Yellow Transportation Inc. were victims of a racially hostile work environment.

The case was settled in June for $11 million.

Last year, some 40 employers paid out more than $60 million in settlements or court judgments in class-action cases put together by the EEOC.

Businesses and some courts are beginning to challenge the agency's tactics. They say the commission is overreaching in many cases in the name of ending discrimination in the workplace.