HELADOS LA TAPATIA TO PAY $200,000 TO SETTLE SUIT WITH EEOC FOR HISPANIC-PREFERENCE HIRING
Helados La Tapatia, Inc. will pay $200,000 and furnish comprehensive injunctive relief to settle a race and national origin discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.
According to the lawsuit, the Fresno-based ice cream company favored Hispanic job applicants over others, including black, white and Asian applicants, for such entry-level positions as warehouse worker and route sales driver. The EEOC further contends that Helados not only failed to hire, but also discouraged and deterred non-Hispanic applicants from applying for positions. Finally, the EEOC alleged that Helados fired its sole non-Hispanic driver in Fresno one week after he was hired because of his race and national origin.