Brutal Physical Assault And Racial Slurs = $325,000 Settlement

Physical attack?  Racial slurs such as the N-word?

Another horrendous case of workplace racial harassment.

Many times in the last decade I have chronicled such cases, especially where racial slurs such as the “N-word” are used, or nooses are placed in the workplace.  These extreme cases seemed to have abated somewhat in the last couple years.  Call me a pessimist but my gut (and watching the news) gives me the feeling that the number of such cases will increase in the near future.

In this latest settlement the EEOC accused a Decatur, Ill. custom sheet metal and HVAC company “of allowing its white employees to verbally harass and threaten a black employee of Puerto Rican origin, which ultimately led to a brutal physical assault.

“The national origin and color harassment allegedly included slurs such as ‘s..c,’ ‘n….r,’ ‘Mexican n—-r,’ and ‘wetback.’ The EEOC also claimed that [company] management, including one of its owners, knew about the discrimination and failed to act to stop it.”

It cost the company $325,00 to settle.

No takeaway today.


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Richard Cohen

Richard B. Cohen is a partner in the New York City office of FisherBroyles, LLP, a national law firm. Richard Cohen has litigated and arbitrated complex corporate, commercial and employment disputes for more than 35 years, and is a trusted advisor to business owners and in-house counsel both in the United States and internationally. His clients have included Fortune 100 companies, domestic and foreign commercial and investment banks, Pacific-rim corporations and real estate development companies, as well as start-up businesses throughout the United States. Email Richard at [email protected]