Cardinal Health and AppleOne settle $ 1.45 million harassment and reprisal lawsuit in California
Global healthcare services and products company Cardinal Health will contribute $ 1.45 million to resolve a lawsuit of racial harassment and retaliatory discrimination filed by the United States Equal Opportunities Commission employment.
Cardinal Health, along with California-based recruiting agency AppleOne, also agreed to implement a sweeping injunction as part of the settlement.
According to the EEOC, African-American employees directly employed by Cardinal Health or assigned to work for Cardinal Health by AppleOne have been subjected to continuous and unwelcome harassment because of their race.
When employees complained, neither Cardinal Health nor AppleOne took immediate and corrective action regarding the harassment, allowing the hostile work environment to escalate, according to the EEOC. The EEOC further accused employees who complained of facing retaliation, disciplinary action and dismissals, while other employees felt they had no choice but to quit.
The EEOC filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California (EEOC c. Cardinal Health and Howroyd-Wright Employment Agency dba AppleOne Employment Services) after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement.
Cardinal Health has agreed to pay $ 1.45 million to resolve the dispute. In addition to the monetary relief, Cardinal Health and AppleOne Staffing agreed to separate two-year consent decrees that include an injunction to prevent harassment, discrimination and reprisal in the workplace. The decrees include the maintenance of an equal opportunities in employment monitor; carry out checks; reviewing and revising policies prohibiting discrimination and disseminating these policies to direct and temporary employees; and the establishment of an internal complaints procedure.
Additionally, Cardinal Health and AppleOne Staffing have agreed to maintain a toll-free complaint hotline and provide discrimination training to all employees. Finally, Cardinal Health agreed to extend the decree for an additional year on the recommendation of the EEO monitor.
The decrees will remain under the jurisdiction of the court for at least two years.
AppleOne provides employment services nationally and internationally. Cardinal Health is a global integrated health products and services company providing customized solutions for hospitals, healthcare systems, pharmacies, day surgery centers and physician offices around the world.
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