DALLAS (CN) – Coil Tubing Services, an oilfield services firm, will pay $60,000 to settle a racial discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC said Hispanic supervisors discriminated against a white parts department employee because of his race and national origin, and fired him when he complained.
The EEOC sued on behalf of Bert Yaklin in 2008.
“A continuously hostile environment that is permeated with degrading name-calling makes it very difficult for anyone to want to come to work,” EEOC Senior Trial Attorney William C. Backhaus said in a statement. “About the only thing that can be worse than allowing an environment of racial prejudice is to follow that up by firing an employee who reports it, instead of engaging in an immediate effort to investigate and deter it.”
The agency said Yaklin was subjected to harassment, a hostile work environment, and disparate terms and conditions of employment because he is not Latino, and that the company violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by firing him in retaliation for his complaint to human resources.
In the consent judgment, Coil Tubing agreed to pay $60,000, post an anti-discrimination notice, enforce a written policy against race discrimination and conduct anti-discrimination training for supervisors, managers and the human resource manager at the Alice, Texas facility.