Retailer Jos. A. Bank, a nationwide chain of upscale clothing retailers, has been hit with a lawsuit alleging a pattern of racial discrimination against non-white employees.
Filed in California by one employee, the suit claims that the employee was terminated after filing a racial discrimination suite with the EEOC against the retailer. Further, the suit states that Jos. A. Bank
“systematically takes adverse employment actions against qualified, high-performing African-American employees in management positions by giving them less-desirable job assignments, lower pay, fewer promotional opportunities, more frequent and harsher discipline and retaliating for complaining about said illegal conduct,”
In particular, the suit claims that African American employees were systematically prevented from receiving management positions within the company.
The suit seeks reinstatement for a number of minority employees that have been unfairly treated by the retailer, and back pay in the event that the employees cannot be reinstated to their former positions.
We here at The Harman Firm deplore the fact that a retailer could engage in discrimination as alleged. While normally it is individual incidents, it is even more disheartening for employees to claim a rampant and systematic pattern of discrimination against minority employees.