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Day & Zimmerman NPS will pay $190,000 to resolve an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit alleging the company violated federal law by creating a hostile work environment for an African-American worker, according to the EEOC. The company is a supplier of maintenance, labor and construction services to the power industry.
A Day & Zimmerman foreman at the Poletti Power Plant in Astoria, Queens, N.Y., subjected Carlos Hughes to physical and verbal racial harassment on a daily basis for almost a year and a half, according to the EEOC. The alleged harassment included racial insults, derogatory stories and physical abuse.
The suit alleged that Hughes complained to management many times for more than a year regarding the harassment, and that when Day & Zimmerman arranged a meeting in response, it disciplined Hughes less than an hour later, and then fired him that same day, citing a safety violation as a reason, according to the EEOC.
As part of the consent decree, Day & Zimmerman agreed to additional training of its managers at the Poletti Power Plant and to encourage use of its telephone hotline number by employees who believe they have been subjected to discrimination or harassment.
Day & Zimmerman’s business units include Yoh, a Philadelphia-based technology staffing provider.