$30,000 Settlement in Religious Discrimination Case, Training Ordered

 
Thursday, September 1, 2011
 

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Premier Well Services, LLC, an El Dorado, Ark. company that provides services to oil and gas companies, will pay $30,000 and furnish other relief to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The EEOC’s suit (Civil Action No. 4:10-cv-1419) filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Western Division, charged that Premier Well failed to hire an applicant because of his religious beliefs.

Premier Well denied that it engaged in any unlawful employment practices or that it otherwise violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and entered into this compromise agreement solely to avoid additional expense and the uncertainty of litigation.

Religious discrimination violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC filed suit after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.

In addition to the monetary relief, the consent decree settling the suit, approved by U. S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright:

enjoins Premier Well from discriminating against job applicants on the basis of religion;

requires Premier Well to create a religious discrimination policy and to distribute this policy to all employees;

requires Premier to provide training to its supervisory and management personnel on religious discrimination;

requires Premier Well to submit reports to EEOC during the two-year period that the consent decree is in effect; and

requires Premier Well to post a notice reinforcing the company’s policies on Title VII and its procedures for reporting and preventing discrimination in the workplace.


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