Saturday, July 14, 2018

Credit Union Sued by EEOC for Retaliation

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has sued Lafayette Schools' Federal Credit Union (Lafayette, LA) for unlawfully firing an African-American manager, Connie Fields-Meaux.

According to the EEOC's lawsuit, during a training session, Lafayette Schools' Federal Credit Union used a video depicting a caricature of an African-American fast food worker as an example of "how not to provide customer service." The lawsuit claims that Fields-Meaux was so upset by the video that she momentarily excused herself from the session. Other black employees told Fields-Meaux that they, too, were upset by the video. The EEOC said that Fields-Meaux reported the concerns of one of the African-American employees the next day, and the day after that, Lafayette Schools' Federal Credit Union fired her, without warning or explanation.

The EEOC stated that the alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The EEOC filed the lawsuit against the credit union in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana after it was unable to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.

The EEOC has asked the court to permanently enjoin Lafayette Schools' Federal Credit Union from engaging in future retaliation. It has also asked the court to order it to pay Fields-Meaux both punitive and compensatory damages as well as back pay.

Lafayette Schools' FCU recently changed its name to Meritus Credit Union.

Read the EEOC press release.

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