Cardinal Health and AppleOne Sued for Racial Discrimination and Retaliation
Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 19, 2019 – Health care service and products provider Cardinal Health and staffing company AppleOne have been sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for racial discrimination and retaliation after employees made multiple complaints about being subjected to discriminatory and abusive behavior.
According to the EEOC, African American employees at Cardinal Health’s facility in Ontario, California, were subjected to ongoing racial discrimination and harassment that violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The affected employees were hired by AppleOne and directly by Cardinal Health.
The employees endured daily abuse, including being called racial slurs. They also were victimized by racially charged graffiti. These abusive behaviors were perpetrated by the coworkers, managers and supervisors of the affected employees. When they complained about the harassment, Cardinal Health and AppleOne failed to take appropriate action against the perpetrators, and some of the workers who complained were terminated.
“Racial discrimination has no place anywhere in society, but especially not in the workplace,” said attorney Betsy Havens, executive director of Los Angeles employment law firm Strong Advocates. “It is unacceptable, and employers must abide by discrimination laws and know the appropriate course of action should a complaint be made. In a case like this, where there are two companies involved, both have a responsibility to address reported discrimination.”
The lawsuit is seeking financial damages for the employees who were discriminated against and injunctive relief that will address current discriminatory behaviors and help prevent them in the future.
Anyone experiencing racial discrimination at work should contact Betsy Havens of Strong Advocates for a free case review. Call Strong Advocates at (800)877-9886 or online HERE.
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