TAMPA, Fla. — RREMC, LLC, doing business as Denny’s Restaurant, a Florida-based company and the third-largest Denny’s franchisee in the United States, has agreed to pay $45,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit based on national origin filed by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.
According to the EEOC lawsuit, RREMC violated federal law when a Mexican employee at its Brandon, Florida restaurant was subjected to a hostile work environment because of his national origin, resulting in his termination.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on an employee’s national origin. The EEOC filed its lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Intermediate District of Florida, Division of Tampa (EEOC v. RREMC, LLC d/b/a Denny’s Restaurant, Civil Action No. , after first attempting to reach to a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation procedure.
The three-year consent decree resolving the EEOC lawsuit has been approved by the federal court. In addition to paying $45,000 in monetary relief, the RREMC will adopt and distribute a policy prohibiting discrimination based on national origin and post a notice to employees regarding the lawsuit. The executive order also requires the RREMC to provide specialized training to human resources staff, managers and employees to ensure that employees are aware of their rights and complaint procedures. The executive order also directs the RREMC to provide the EEOC with reports of any complaints of discrimination based on national origin and to describe the actions taken in response to the complaint.
“Federal law is clear that employers are absolutely prohibited from harassing employees because of their national origin,” said EEOC Acting Regional Attorney Beatriz Andre. “The company’s willingness to speak with the EEOC about the agency’s concerns and its agreement to implement preventative measures and train management and human resources personnel to prevent discrimination based on national origin will benefit its workers and the company.”
Evangeline Hawthorne, EEOC Field Office Director in Tampa, added, “Discrimination based on national origin continues to be a problem in the workplace. Employers should be aware that the EEOC remains vigilant and will continue to enforce violations of discrimination based on national origin.
For more information on discrimination based on national origin, please see https://www.eeoc.gov/national-origin-discrimination
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