National Origin Lawsuit Filed Against Fidelity Home Energy
Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 29, 2019 – Home improvement contractor firm Fidelity Home Energy, based in San Leandro, California has been accused of using discriminatory practices and thereby creating a hostile work environment for employees in a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC.)
A former employee of the company, Ayesha Faiz who is of Afghan descent, became upset when she learned that Fidelity Home Energy discriminated against customers who were thought to be of Indian or Middle-Eastern descent. Employees were instructed to turn away anyone who was perceived as Indian or Middle-Eastern by routinely placing their names on “do not call” lists and marking them as disqualified in a central database.
Faiz was expected to do this while she worked there, and to instruct her subordinates to do the same. She voiced her concerns to her fellow supervisors but never learned why the company discriminated against some customers. After three weeks of employment with Fidelity Home Energy, Faiz quit. She cited undue distress caused by the discriminatory practices.
“While discriminating against certain customers is illegal in and of itself, it also violates the rights of the employees who must carry out the discriminatory practices,” said attorney Betsy Havens, executive director of Strong Advocates. “Ms. Faiz was subjected to an extremely hostile work environment in this situation. No one should be forced to discriminate against others as part of their job.”
Fidelity Home Energy is a family-owned and operated company that provides energy-saving home improvement products and services. The EEOC’s lawsuit seeks compensation for lost wages and other expenses and punitive damages that may prevent future discriminatory practices.
Strong Advocates is an employment law firm based in Los Angeles. Anyone who is expected to carry out illegal or discriminatory actions at work should contact Havens for a free case analysis. Contact Strong Advocates at https://www.strongadvocates.com.
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