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Illinois temp agency settles EEOC race and sex discrimination suit

Posted On: Jun. 30, 2020 2:37 PM CST


An Illinois temp agency has agreed to pay $568,500 to settle a race and sex discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency said Monday.

Deerfield, Illinois-based Personnel Staffing Group LLC, which conducts business as Most Valuable Personnel and MVP Workforce LLC, allegedly discriminated against black and female applicants and employees by refusing to send them on work assignments or by sending them for fewer work hours, according to the EEOC lawsuit, which said the temp agencies did so either on their own initiative or to honor clients’ discriminatory requests.

Personnel Staffing Group was charged with violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Under terms of a two-and-a-half-year consent decree, Personnel Staffing Group will adopt a process to identify qualified applicants and employees, inform them how to complain of discrimination, and provide periodic reports to the EEOC, among other provisions.

Gregory Gochanour, the EEOC’s regional attorney in Chicago, said in a statement that the EEOC appreciates the company’s willingness “to work with the agency to resolve this matter without protracted litigation to provide relief to victims of discrimination and undertake measures to prevent future discrimination.”

The company’s attorney did not respond to a request for comment.