Facebook contractor to pay $595K over racial discrimination

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A contractor that provides security at Facebook’s Prineville data center will pay $595,000 to settle allegations of racial discrimination by five employees.

The complaints allege that supervisors at G4S Secure Solutions reduced the hours of Hispanic workers, gave them unfavorable shifts and used racist terms to describe them, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

Complaints also said human resources personnel did not respond to employees’ complaints. The workers will receive between $80,000 and $175,000 each.

The settlement did not include an admission of wrongdoing by G4S, which pledged to continue employee training on nondiscrimination policies as part of the settlement. G4S said it denies liability and maintains that it “promptly addressed” employees’ concerns, but seemed to acknowledge that discrimination did happen in Prinevile.

“The actions of the former supervisors are not representative of the hard-working men and women of G4S,” the company said in a written statement.

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Facebook’s security contractor will pay $595,000 to settle racial discrimination charges at Prineville data center

G4S Secure Solutions, a contractor that provides security at Facebook’s Prineville data center, will pay $595,000 to settle allegations of racial discrimination by five employees.

The complaints allege that G4S supervisors reduced the hours of Hispanic workers, gave them unfavorable shifts, used racist and derogatory terms to describe them, and that the company’s human resources personnel did not respond to employees’ complaints.

The workers will receive between $80,000 and $175,000 apiece under terms of the agreement.

“This settlement highlights the importance of civil rights enforcement in our state. Five Oregonians have received justice for the discrimination they experienced,” Val Hoyle, Oregon labor commissioner, said in a written statement.

The settlement did not include an admission of wrongdoing by G4S, which pledged to continue employee training on nondiscrimination policies as part of the settlement. The Florida-based company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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City settles religious discrimination lawsuit with contractor for JFK and LaGuardia airports

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New York City’s Human Rights Commission (CCHR) has settled a lawsuit of religious discrimination against Pax Assist, a contractor that provides wheelchair assistance to passengers at LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport.

CCHR’s first announced the lawsuit in 2017, in which they alleged Pax Assist denied breaks to their Muslim workers for daily prayers or for eating after fasting during the month of Ramadan.

The commission filed both a commission-initiated complaint and a public complaint made by a worker against the airport contractor, which works with more than two dozen airlines.

During the investigation, it was found that employees also reported they heard derogatory comments about Muslims by their managers over their communication devices when they asked to take a break earlier than scheduled. CCHR attorneys found several other employees

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Ben Carson HUD investigating religious discrimination claims

HUD Secretary Dr. Ben. Carson visits faith-based homelessness service providers in Detroit, Michigan, on Aug. 17, 2020. | HUD/Matthew Koenig, Kalamazoo Gospel Ministries

Dr. Ben Carson, secretary of Housing and Urban Development, said the department is investigating a complaint against the owner and manager of senior apartments in Oklahoma for violating the Fair Housing Act by removing Bibles and other religious literature from their common areas.

“Religious liberty is at the core of our nation’s identity and will be upheld under the Fair Housing Act,” Carson said in a statement. The law prohibits discrimination in housing and in housing-related services based on religion.

“Barring religious materials infringes upon this right, and the Trump administration will not stand for discrimination against any group for practicing their religious traditions,” Carson added.

Wilhoit Properties, which manages the apartments and assisted-living

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