Seven plaintiffs have successfully battled Matheson Trucking in federal court over alleged on the job discrimination. The plaintiffs, two of which are still currently employed by Matheson, filed the lawsuit over the unfair treatment that occurred between 2010 and 2011.
According to the lawsuit supervisors in the warehouse where the plaintiffs worked forced all of the black employees to work on one side of the warehouse while the white employees worked separately on the other side. During the period described the plaintiffs where regularly subjected to verbal abuse by supervisors and coworkers which often included racial slurs and disparaging insults.
Representatives from Matheson Trucking, which handles shipping for the US Postal Service and major commercial and residential carriers Fed-Ex and UPS, maintain the company’s innocence and have plans in place to file an appeal. If there is clear evidence that the segregation described by the plaintiffs occurred though it is very unlikely that Matheson will walk away from the appeal in a better position than they are right now.
Employers are legally required to provide an environment that is free of discrimination. If there is evidence that owners, supervisors or coworkers verbally or physically abused employees or in any way prevented them from doing their jobs or treated them unfairly, the company can be held accountable.
If you feel as though your employer either discriminated against you directly or enabled management or other employees to discriminate against you, you need to get a qualified lawyer on your side. An experienced California employee rights attorney can review the details of your claim in order to determine if any laws were violated or broken. If there is evidence of discrimination or harassment of any kind your attorney can put together the best plan of action to help you secure damages you are entitled to.
Discrimination is illegal and prohibited by both California and federal laws. The California Fair Employment and Housing Act makes it unlawful for any employer with over 5 employees to discriminate against an employee based on an unlawful reason, such as race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, language, or any other protected reason. Individuals who succeed in bringing discrimination claims are entitled to back-pay, compensatory damages, and attorneys’ fees.
Discrimination cases come in two forms: “disparate treatment” and “disparate impact.” A disparate treatment case asserts that the employer has been treating the individual differently, or “disparately,” based on an unlawful reason, such as age, race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, pregnancy status, or another reason. A “disparate impact” claim asserts that an otherwise ordinary employment practice actually has a discriminatory impact on certain groups of individuals.
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