A federal judge recently has approved a $1.2 million settlement in a case brought by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against Dart Energy Corp. and two related companies. The EEOC had charged well servicing companies Dart Energy Corp., Beckman Production Services, Inc., and J&R Well Service, LLC with violating federal law prohibiting race and national origin harassment and retaliation. The EEOC sought monetary and injunctive relief for more than a dozen men who claim that they had to endure racially derogatory comments and jokes on a regular and repeated basis.
According to EEOC, several individuals complained to management, but their complaints were minimized or ignored entirely. In addition to paying $1.2 million, the defendants in the case are also subject to a three-year consent decree which requires extensive training on employment discrimination laws, the establishment of a toll-free anonymous complaint line, and annual surveys of employees to ensure that discrimination is not occurring at J&R facilities. The defendants are also enjoined from engaging in any future employment practice which discriminates on the basis of race and/or national origin, and from retaliating against individuals who oppose such practices.
The EEOC enforces the federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Further information about the EEOC is available on its website at www.eeoc.gov.