US company charged for discrimination

US company charged for discrimination

A US organisation is paying US$165,000 to settle a race discrimination lawsuit filed by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

US Foods, Inc, a food product distributor will also be furnishing other relief to settle the lawsuit. According to The National Law Review, the EEOC charged that US Foods violated federal law by firing an African-American worker who was employed at its Memphis facility because of his race.

The EEOC said that the company fired the black employee after he failed to stop a Caucasian driver who reported to work under the influence of alcohol from making deliveries on his route. However, US Foods did not terminate the Caucasian employee for working under the influence of alcohol, or another Caucasian safety specialist who saw the driver, according to the Law Review.

Besides monetary relief, the 18-month consent degree settling the lawsuit enjoins US Foods from further discriminating against employees on the basis of race.

US Foods employs more than 25,000 staff in more than 60 locations.