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PBM Graphics, Inc., a printing company in Research Triangle Park, N.C., will pay $334,000 to settle a national origin discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency announced. The EEOC charged that PBM violated federal law by refusing to place and/or assign non-Hispanic workers to its “core group” of regular temporary workers.
The suit alleged that from at least Jan. 1, 2003, to the present, PBM developed a “core group” of 50 to 75 regular temporary workers who were told to continue to come to work for PBM unless otherwise notified, unlike other temporary workers who worked for PBM only on an “as needed” basis, according to the EEOC. That membership in the core group was disproportionately Hispanic, to the exclusion of similarly qualified non-Latino temporary workers, the EEOC alleged.
The suit further charged that PBM assigned a disproportionately greater number of work hours to Hispanic temporary workers than to similarly qualified non-Latino temporary workers, according to the EEOC. PBM Graphics employs almost 600 full-time employees as well as temporary workers.