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EEOC Settles Racial Harassment Lawsuit with Air Systems Inc.

2020-08-26

Former African American employees faced racial slurs, graffiti, and noose with a note threatening lynching

On August 21, 2020 the EEOC announced that it entered into a consent decree, effective until December 31, 2022, with Air Systems Inc. (ASI), a San Jose based electrical subcontractor at the Apple Park construction project.  ASI will pay $1,250,000 to eight former African American employees who were subjected to racist graffiti of swastikas and racial epithets drawn on the walls of the portable toilets, and a noose hung next to a scrawled note containing other expletives, and a threat of lynching.  EEOC also alleged that the company failed to act when two of the employees notified them that a white coworker has taunted them with racial pejoratives. 

ASI will also hire an EEO consultant to help implement the terms of the consent decree and will review company policies and train all employees on preventing and reporting racial harassment. 

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