It’s not a good look when the EEOC accuses your company of “an ugly mix of sexism, racism, and xenophobia”

I wouldn’t quite know how to describe the feeling if that were the moniker placed on my business. So, I’ll just go with the opposite of this.

In stark contrast to the close call that was the behavior described in yesterday’s blog post, I offer you accusations of discrimination so despicable that we’ve got ourselves a shoo-in for one of Jon Hyman’s Worst Employers of 2018.

From the EEOC’s press release, an employer that may not be winning “The Best Place To Work” anytime soon:

The EEOC charges that a plant manager used racial slurs, called foreign-born employees “terrorists,” and told the only black employee that her husband should work in a cotton field with a rope around his neck. He then told her to drink Kool-Aid to calm down and fired her for complaining about his racist statements. He also complained that he was “sick” of immigrants stealing American jobs and not speaking English, forbade employees from speaking other languages, and urged immigrant employees to leave America.

Well, at least the plant manager isn’t accused of loudly calling women “bitches,” complaining about their “PMS’ing,” and saying that women could not perform a “man’s job.”

***reads next paragraph in EEOC press release***

I stand corrected. And shake my head.

The EEOC’s suit also charges that the plant manager was similarly abusive toward women: he loudly called women “bitches,” complained about their “PMS’ing,” and said that women could not perform a “man’s job.” He told a woman she would have to “come over here and sexually harass me” to be sent home early; made other unwanted sexual advances; said a woman was too “fat and disgusting” to have sex with her husband; and commented on female employees’ “buns” and “curves.” The company owner, rather than putting a stop to this, behaved similarly; he called female employees “dumb women,” complained that “these women can’t do anything,” and told a woman she would not be getting a raise because of her sex.

Then there’s this quote from one of the EEOC trial attorneys assigned to this case, “Businesses may think that permitting sex-, race- and national origin-based harassment in the workplace is acceptable.”

Here’s your lesson for today: It’s not.


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