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EEOC settles Hispanic bias case for $2M


A California food producer and distributor will pay $2 million to settle a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity race discrimination lawsuit in which it was charged with refusing to hire non-Hispanic applicants for unskilled positions.

The EEOC said in a statement Wednesday that San Jose, California-based Marquez Brothers International Inc. and its affiliates preferred Hispanic job applicants over all races, including black, white and Asian applicants, in unskilled production warehouse positions.

It charged also the companies discouraged non-Hispanic applicants for applying for open positions by, among other things, imposing a language requirement not required for the job, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

In addition to paying the $2 million settlement, the company has agreed to hire an external monitor and implement hiring goals and measures to ensure hiring transparency and diversification, among other measures.

Anna Park, regional attorney for EEOC’s Los Angeles district office, said in a statement, “We commend Marquez Brothers for its commitment to providing equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees.”

The companies’ attorneys could not be reached for comment.

Last year, a Miami Beach hotel operator agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle an EEOC lawsuit in which it was charged with firing black Haitian dishwashers who had complained about discrimination and replacing them with mostly Hispanic workers. 





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