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EEOC fights race discrimination battle for former county employee

A lawsuit was recently filed by a government employee in Florida claiming workplace discrimination. The woman claims that, despite taking several steps to end verbal abuse by a colleague, no action was taken to end the race discrimination. This gave rise to her ultimate complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, who filed a lawsuit on her behalf.

According to the complaint, the woman worked in a clerical position in the Orange County government office, where she was subjected to repeated racial remarks by a colleague. She states that her colleague told her that all members of her race were drug dealers who were on welfare and never stopped having children. The colleague also allegedly claimed that her race was responsible for the rise in crime figures. Furthermore, her intelligence was questioned because of the way she wore her hair, and it was said that people of her race must not be allowed in the country.

The lawsuit states that a University of Florida Institutional Equity and Diversity Department investigation followed the worker's initial complaint and found that unprofessional and inappropriate behavior was displayed by the defendant. However, a complaint filed with the county extension director was allegedly ignored and followed by unsubstantiated reprimands. The charge of race discrimination and retaliation was then filed with the EEOC. The complaint states that this was followed by additional retaliation and ultimate termination of her employment.

Discriminating against an employee or colleague is unacceptable, and victims of workplace discrimination need not endure the humiliation. Victims of discrimination may find comfort in knowing that there are experienced employment attorneys in Florida that will fight the battles on their behalves. After assessing the circumstances of the complaint, a lawyer will provide support and guidance to those facing discrimination based on origin, religion or race.

Source: orlandoweekly.com, "Former Orange County employee files suit claiming racial discrimination", Michael Mcnarney, June 24, 2015

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