Riddle Painting and EEOC to Settle Lawsuit Alleging Violations of Title VII | U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

PHOENIX -Riddle Painting & Coatings, Inc., an Arizona industrial and commercial painting company, has filed a lawsuit by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in the U.S. District Court for the Arizona District (EEOC v Riddle Painting and Coating) Settled, Inc., Case # 2: 18-cv-02990-DLR), the EEOC announced today.

According to the allegations in the EEOC’s lawsuit, Riddle Painting employees exposed two employees to a sexually hostile work environment and a racially hostile work environment. The EEOC alleged the harassment made working conditions so difficult that one employee was forced to resign. Riddle Painting denied the EEOC’s allegations.

The EEOC and Riddle Painting have issued a Dispute Settlement Consent, in which Riddle Painting agreed to put in place policies and procedures specifically against sexual and racial harassment. Riddle Painting included cash payments of $ 50,000 and volunteered to train its managers and employees on how to prevent discrimination in the workplace.

The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against an applicant or employee based on race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information. Prohibited discrimination includes racist and sexual harassment.

“The report from the co-chairs of the EEOC Select Task Force to Investigate Harassment in the Workplace outlines steps employers can take to prevent harassment,” said Mary Jo O’Neill, regional attorney for the EEOC Phoenix District Office. “This is an important topic for all of us and we encourage all employers to read it and take active steps to reduce harassment in the workplace.”

Elizabeth Cadle, EEOC’s Phoenix District Office director, said, “We appreciate the collaboration of Riddle Painting in resolving this issue early and the voluntary commitment to put in place guidelines and training to ensure employee rights are protected going forward. “

The EEOC’s Phoenix District Office covers Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and part of New Mexico.

The EEOC promotes job opportunities by enforcing federal laws that prohibit discrimination in the workplace. More information is available at www.eeoc.gov.

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