A Missouri company has agreed to pay $57,500 to a worker who was fired for complaining about discrimination, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Material Resources LLC, which does business as Gateway Co-Packing Co., will pay $7,500 in back pay and $50,000 in compensatory damages to settle a 2008 civil lawsuit filed by the EEOC.
An African-American employee, Charles Franklin, did not receive the same pay and health insurance coverage as his white colleagues, according to the EEOC. When Mr. Franklin filed a complaint with the EEOC, he was fired. Retaliation is a violation of federal law. In addition to the monetary penalties, the company promised to train supervisors and take other steps to prevent discrimination and retaliation in the future.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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