A California producer of Mexican-style frozen desserts agreed to settle a discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
The EEOC's lawsuit included allegations that the employer discouraged non-Hispanic individuals from applying for jobs and demonstrated partiality to Hispanic workers in its hiring process, excluding black, white, and Asian applicants. In addition, the EEOC alleges the employer terminated its only non-Hispanic driver due to his race and national origin.
Along with $200,000 in monetary relief, the employer agreed to undertake several measures to prevent future discrimination. The employer will revise its recruitment and hiring policies so as to facilitate a hiring process that is not based on race or national origin. They will also hire an outside EEO consultant, provide training for all employees, and make regular reports to the EEOC. "Helados La Tapatia to Pay $200,000 to Settle Suit with EEOC for Hispanic-Preference Hiring" www.eeoc.gov (Apr. 12, 2021).