EEOC Fines Ryder Integrated Logistics

By Staff Writer June 02, 2021

Ryder Integrated Logistics, a Miami-based transportation and supply chain solutions company, and Orange County-based staffing agency Kimco Staffing Services, will pay $1 million each, for a total of $2 million, and provide significant injunctive relief to resolve the lawsuit alleging that the companies violated federal law by subjecting African American employees to racial discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) lawsuit, African American employees assigned by Kimco to Ryder’s Moreno Valley, Calif., facility, along with African American employees directly hired by Ryder, were subjected to ongoing and unwelcome harassment based on their race. The EEOC contends that Ryder and Kimco created a hostile working environment by allowing employees to use racial slurs and epithets toward their Black colleagues. The EEOC charged that after an African American employee complained about racial harassment, neither Ryder nor Kimco corrected the situation, instead firing the employee within days of reporting the harassment.

The EEOC's suit also alleged that Ryder and Kimco discriminated against African American workers in the terms and conditions of employment in assignment, training, promotion, discipline and termination.  

“This case underscores the unfortunate reality that racial harassment and retaliation remain a problem in American workplaces,” said EEOC Chair Charlotte Burrows.

In addition to monetary relief, Ryder Integrated Logistics will provide injunctive relief aimed at preventing workplace harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. The consent decree includes the selection of an equal employment opportunity coordinator; the creation of a centralized tracking system for race-based harassment, discrimination and retaliation complaints; the review and revision of policies prohibiting discrimination; and the distribution of those policies to all employees. Additionally, Ryder will create an internal complaint process and discrimination training for all employees.

Rate this item
(1 Vote)
Last modified on Wednesday, 02 June 2021 13:34