A California Toyota dealership has agreed to pay $400,000 to five former Afghan-American employees who say a manager called them terrorists and threatened them. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the general manager of the dealership allegedly called four salesmen names and threatened to blow them up with a grenade in a 2007 staff meeting. The EEOC further alleged that the Afghan-American salesmen resigned after facing harassment for reporting the abuse and a manager was also fired for complaining.
This settlement shows that businesses are taking a large financial risk when they do not strictly enforce polices that prevent harassment and discrimination in the workplace. Our law firm continues to represent workers in claims before the EEOC for race and gender discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour claims throughout the State of Alabama. If you believe you have suffered discrimination or retaliation in the workplace, please contact us at (205) 588-0699 for a free consultation.