EEOC Sues Franchisee In New York For Racial Discrimination
On February 2nd, 2023, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a racial discrimination lawsuit against a Domino’s Pizza franchise in New York State. The Parris Pizza Company, LLC—which owns a franchise location in Cattaraugus County—is facing allegations that two managers subjected African American employees to slurs, discrimination, and intimidation. In this article, our Monmouth County racial discrimination lawyer discusses the legal action taken by the EEOC and explains your rights if you were discriminated against in the workplace based on race.
New York Franchisee Sued for Race-Based Discrimination and Racial Harassment.
An employment discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of African American employees at Parris Pizza Company, LLC (Domino’s Franchisee) alleges that a pattern of unlawful discriminatory activity occurred in the company’s workplace dating back to at least 2019. According to the complaint filed by the EEOC in a federal court in New York State, the workers were subject to a race-based hostile work environment. Two managers are cited in the complaint, which alleges:
- The regular use of racial slurs (n word);
- The repeated use of race-based derogatory language;
- Retaliation after reporting discrimination; and
- Threats of physical violence.
No adverse action was ever taken against the perpetrators of the racial harassment. However, the EEOC states that an African American employee was compelled to resign because of the conditions at the workplace. Among other things, the EEOC is seeking back pay for the affected employees, reinstatement, and other compensatory/punitive compensation.
What to Do If You Were a Victim of Racial Discrimination in the Workplace in New York
No employee should ever be forced to endure racial discrimination or racial harassment. Unfortunately, it is a thing that still happens in workplaces in New York. Here are four steps to take if you were the victim of employment discrimination on the basis of race in New York:
- Be Proactive: Federal, state, and sometimes even local laws protect workers against racial discrimination. Though, you have a limited amount of time to take legal action. Be proactive.
- Document the Matter: All employment law claims are evidence-based cases. To the best of your ability, document any discrimination and/or harassment that you faced.
- Report Discrimination: You have the right to complain about and/or report racial discrimination in the workplace without facing any retaliation from your employer.
- Get Professional Help: You do not have to navigate the legal process alone. Employment law cases are complicated. A New York race discrimination lawyer can protect your rights.
Contact Our New York Employment Discrimination Attorney Today
At Poulos LoPiccolo PC, our New York employee rights attorneys have the skills and experience to handle all types of race discrimination claims. If you or your loved one was subject to race-based discrimination in the workplace, we can help. Contact us today for a confidential initial review of your case. From our New York City office, our firm represents workers throughout the region, including in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, Staten Island, Long Island, and beyond.