EEOC Sues Lone Wolf Resources for Racial Discrimination | United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Black employee refused to rate performance and raise, and was fired because of his race, federal agency charges
Jacksonville, Florida – The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced that it has sued Lone Wolf Resources, LLC for racial discrimination at its Jacksonville site. Texas-based Lone Wolf is an environmental construction and remediation services company.
The EEOC complaint alleges that Lone Wolf management made reference to black employees using racial slurs. Specifically, he alleges that a Lone Wolf co-owner and manager called a black employee a “blue gum monkey”, called him the “N word” and called black people “lazy.” The co-owner and manager allegedly devised a scheme to force the employee to resign by denying him an annual performance review and a raise, then terminated his employment when he complained to another co-owner that he had obtained his annual performance review regularly provided to white employees.
Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act 1964 (Title VII). The EEOC filed a lawsuit (Civil Action # 3: 21-cv-00979-TJC-PDB) in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Florida after it first attempted to reach a pre-litigation settlement through of its conciliation process.
“Sadly, more than 50 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the EEOC must continue to aggressively apply Title VII to combat pervasive racial discrimination in the American workplace,” said said EEOC Miami regional attorney Robert Weisberg.
EEOC Miami Director Paul Valenti added: “Unfortunately, racial discrimination remains a serious problem for workers. The EEOC remains steadfast in its efforts to eliminate racial discrimination in employment and stands with victims of all forms of discrimination to ensure that employers are held fully accountable for their actions.
The EEOC Miami district office includes the EEOC offices in Miami, Tampa, and San Juan and has jurisdiction over Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
The EEOC advances opportunities in the workplace by enforcing federal laws prohibiting discrimination in employment. More information is available at www.eeoc.gov.