B & H SETTLES NATIONAL ORIGIN CASE WITH EEOC FOR $4.3 MILLION

by Patricia A. Schaeffer, Vice President-Regulatory Affairs

On October 16, 2007, EEOC filed a complaint and a consent decree (EEOC v. B & H Foto and Electronics Corp., No. 07-CV-9241) in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, which resolves a national origin bias case filed on behalf of Hispanic workers against B & H Foto and Electronics Corp. The lawsuit alleged that B & H paid Hispanics in its warehouses less than non-Hispanic workers and failed to promote them or provide them health benefits based on their national origin. B & H is one of the largest retail sellers of photographic, computer and electronic equipment in the New York metropolitan area.

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