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The Virginia Department of Transportation has paid more than $300,000 to resolve two workplace racial discrimination lawsuits.

According to court papers, a black highway worker faced harassment from coworkers and abuse from superiors following a promotion in 2010.

Furthermore, and to make the situation worse, some of the same workers started to harass a white civil rights manager who was also employed by the Virginia Department of Transportation. This came about after she was assigned to investigate the case.

In the summer of 2013, the black highway worker charged retaliation and racial discrimination in his lawsuit, while the civil rights manager charged retaliation.

At first, the state contested the allegations. However, its stance eventually changed, which led to both cases being settled before heading to trial late last year. In addition to a settlement paid to both individuals, the state must pay for legal bills as well.

Virginia Employment Lawyer – Cindra Dowd

Harassment is unwelcome behavior based on color, race, sex, religion, age, national origin, genetic information, or disability. This becomes unlawful when the enduring conduct becomes a regular condition of employment and/or the conduct is severe enough to create a hostile environment in which the victim feels uncomfortable. If harassment has created a hostile environment at your workplace, and your employer has not taken any steps to stop it, you may want to contact an employment lawyer. If you’d like to discuss your situation contact our Virginia Employment Lawyers.

Mountaire Farms has been ordered to pay $48,000 to resolve a retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

According to the lawsuit, a man began working for the company as a translator for Haitian workers in December 2010. The complaint alleges that the man repeatedly complained to supervisors and the HR department that supervisors were treating the workers poorly.

The lawsuit went on to add that sometime during September 2011, the man notified managers that a supervisor would not allow one of the workers to take a bathroom break while allowing others to do so. A few days after this incident, the man was fired.

This type of conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was put in place to protect employees from retaliation.

To go along with the payment of $48,000, Mountaire Farms is required to modify its anti-discrimination policy to include methods for reporting discrimination.

Lynette A. Barnes, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Charlotte District Office, noted, “The anti-retaliation provisions of Title VII are essential to the attainment of a workplace free of discrimination.”