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A federal appeals court has recently upheld a jury verdict of over $1.5 million in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC's) lawsuit against New Breed Logistics, a High Point, N.C. based logistics services provider. The logistics company had been charged by the EEOC with harassment and retaliation.
According to the agency’s suit, a New Breed Logistics Memphis, TN warehouse supervisor unlawfully discriminated against three female employees. The supervisor allegedly sexually harassed the female employees and retaliated against them after they objected to his sexual advances. The EEOC also charged that a New Breed supervisor retaliated against a male employee who verbally opposed the supervisor's sexual harassment and supported the women's complaints.
Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC filed the lawsuit after the agency first attempted to reach a pre-litigation settlement out of court. On May 9, 2013, a federal jury in Memphis found in favor of the EEOC, and awarded the discrimination victims $1,513,094.
One of six national priorities identified by the Commission's Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) is to eliminate policies and practices that discourage or prohibit individuals from exercising their rights under employment discrimination statutes, or that interfere with the agency’s investigative or enforcement efforts.
For additional information about the EEOC and the laws it enforces, go to www.eeoc.gov.
New Breed Logistics, a logistics services provider that helps companies design and operate supply chains, warehousing and distribution, operates five Memphis warehouses. New Breed is a national company, headquartered in High Point, N.C. that also has warehouses in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Texas, Los Angeles and Kearny, N.J.