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Race discrimination suit against insurance company settled

Three former employees of Farmers Insurance Exchange in another state accused the insurance company of discriminating against them on the basis of race and retaliating against them and filed a lawsuit against the company. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, recently announced that the insurance company will pay a total of $225,000 to settle this lawsuit. When a company in Texas and elsewhere engages in race discrimination and/or retaliation, it may be held liable through the civil court system.

According to the lawsuit filed by the EEOC in the recent out-of-state case, two employees who are Southeast Asian American were fired in 2009 for performing coding improperly. However, the company allegedly did not take the same type of action against employees of another race who had engaged in similar conduct. Then, Farmers allegedly fired a Caucasian worker three years later as a form of retaliation because this employee testified before the EEOC during the commission's investigation.

The reported conduct is in violation of the Civil Rights Act's Title VII. The company admitted no liability in the matter. However, it did agree to pay the three employees who were terminated in an effort to resolve the legal case.

When employees experience race discrimination or retaliation in Texas, it is within their rights to take legal action in an effort to right any wrong that was committed. An understanding of what facts have to be proved is likely necessary to prevail in such a case. Monetary relief or the reinstatement of a job are possible remedies in these types of cases.

Source: insurancejournal.com, "Farmers to Pay $225K to Settle EEOC Race Discrimination Case in California", Nov. 3, 2016

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