OCTOBER 15, 2015 — The Justice Department announced today that it has reached an agreement with Edison Chouest Offshore's Larose, LA, shipyard, North American Shipbuilding LLC.
The agreement resolves a complaint filed with the Justice Department's Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC), claiming that the company retaliated against an individual for filing a charge of discrimination with OSC.
Based on its investigation, the department determined that North American Shipbuilding retaliated against an employee for filing a charge with OSC by, among other things, barring him from the company's business facilities. The anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) prohibits employers from intimidating, threatening, coercing or retaliating against workers who file a charge under the law.
Under the terms of the settlement agreement, the company has agreed, among other things, to pay a civil penalty and to offer $15,000 in back pay to the injured party. The company also has agreed to train its employees on the anti-discrimination provision of the INA and to review and revise its employment policies.
"Retaliation against employees for contacting government agencies entrusted to investigate possible violations of the law will not be tolerated," said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division. "Employees should not be afraid to speak up about their treatment in the workplace."
Read the settlement agreement HERE