Schenker Inc. is a contract logistics services provider alleged to have allowed national origin and race harassment in the workplace. Sexual harassment was also alleged by some workers.
According to the victims, management was notified of the illegal behavior many times. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigated complaints that Hispanic and black applicants were discriminated against and found that there was reasonable cause to believe the Civil Rights Act had been violated.
While Schenker Inc. has denied any wrongdoing, the company has agreed to pay $750,000 as damages to those who made the allegations and others who were employed at the warehouse in Joliet, Illinois. In addition, monetary damages will be paid to those the EEOC says were denied jobs.
The company's policies on discrimination and harassment will be updated, training will be provided to all employees each year, with human resources receiving specialized training. For the next three years, any new allegations of discrimination will be reported to the EEOC.
The EEOC has also worked with the company to update the company's policy on background checks so that no background check is done until the company makes a job offer. In addition, the criminal records will be looked at a case-by-case basis. The gravity and nature of the offense shall be considered, as well as how long ago the offense occurred.
If you have suffered discrimination at work based upon your race, national origin, sex, disability or other protected class, don't just take it. Fight back. Report the incidents to your supervisor or human resources. If that doesn't end the discriminatory actions, file a complaint with the EEOC and let an attorney provide you with additional guidance.
Source: Insurance Journal, "Chicago Company to Pay $750K Resolve Federal Discrimination Charges," Oct. 31, 2016