Thursday, May 5, 2011

EEOC Settles Hmong Race Discrimination Claim for $110,000

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently announced that it has settled a race discrimination claim it filed in federal court on behalf of Kong Chee Vang, a Hmong woman who allegedly was denied promotion at the Milwaukee office of a major insurance firm, Chubb & Son. Part of the consent decree is $110,000 in back pay awarded to Vang. From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on the settlement:

In a federal lawsuit on Vang's behalf, the EEOC also claimed that Chubb retaliated against her for filing her initial discrimination claim with the EEOC by rejecting her for another promotion later.

“When race gets into employment decision making, the process itself is fatally defective, and the EEOC will not hesitate to challenge it, said John Hendrickson, regional attorney for the EEOC. "The same is true when retaliation infects the situation. Managers who may think they are ‘just standing up’ for their companies when they retaliate against complainants are, in fact, just doing more damage.”

The payments are the result of a consent decree reached by the EEOC and Chubb, which was approved Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman.

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