U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced that Rock Concrete Construction Corporation will pay $31,000 and furnish other relief to settle a retaliation lawsuit alleging that the company stopped providing work to one of its employees who filed a charge of discrimination with the EEOC.
According to the EEOC’s litigation, Rock Concrete Construction learned of Eric Bufkin’s charge of discrimination against a former employer with whom Rock Concrete’s management had a close relationship. Bufkin was subsequently asked to drop his charge and advised that failure to do so would negatively impact him. After Bufkin refused to drop his charge, he was advised that Rock Concrete no longer had work for him.
The consent decree settling the suit, entered by the court this week, requires Rock Concrete to provide training to all its officers, owners and supervisory personnel on the company’s anti-retaliation policy; distribute and explain the anti-retaliation policy to its employees; and to submit reports to the EEOC detailing its compliance with the decree.
“Employers are simply not entitled to punish employees for complaining about discrimination,” said Laurie A. Young, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Indianapolis District Office. “Taking adverse actions against an employee who complains of discrimination, files an EEOC charge, or otherwise exercises his or her rights, violates the retaliation provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.”
The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Further information about the EEOC is available on the agency’s web site at www.eeoc.gov.