East Valley Diagnostic Imaging will pay $150,000 to settle a racial discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The commission had charged that the firm subjected former employee Elgirtha Worthy, who is black, to “unlawful racial harassment and treated her less favorably than others because of her race.”
As a result of the alleged discrimination, Worthy was forced to take a medical leave of absence, the commission charged.
The company is then alleged to have terminated Worthy’s employment when she was unable to return to work. The alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
“In this case, Elgirtha Worthy was subjected to the kind of comments and treatment that no one should have to face just to make a living,” said Mary Jo O’Neill, EEOC regional attorney. “We trust this case will serve as a reminder to employers to comply with federal law and to take action when an employee complains about racial harassment.”
Jay Zweig, attorney for East Valley Diagnostic Imaging, said his client “does not tolerate inappropriate remarks in the workplace.”
“This is an employer that embraces diversity,” he said. “EVDI has agreed to settle this case early on without admitting liability, so that EVDI and its employees can focus on its business of providing around-the-clock medical care to our community.”
In addition to paying $150,000 to Worthy, the consent decree settling the suit requires that the firm provide her with an apology, train its employees on Title VII and post a notice in the workplace advising employees of their rights.