Friday, March 27, 2009

Hispanic Warehouse Workers Win $4.3 Million

B & H Foto and Electronics Corp. will pay $4.3 million to settle a federal lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of 149 Hispanic warehouse workers who were paid less, not promoted, or denied benefits because they are Hispanic, according to the EEOC.

B & H paid Hispanics less than non-Hispanic workers and failed to promote them or provide health benefits because of their national origin, according to the lawsuit. B & H is one of the largest retail sellers of photographic, computer and electronic equipment in the New York metropolitan area.

National origin discrimination means treating someone less favorably because:
1. he or she comes from a particular place,
2. because of his or her ethnicity or accent, or
3. because it is believed that he or she has a particular ethnic background.
National origin discrimination also means treating someone less favorably at work because of marriage or other association with someone of a particular nationality.

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