Employee Allegedly Fired for Complaining About Treatment of Haitian Workers

  11 September 2014

Mountaire Farms, Inc., will pay $48,000 to settle a lawsuit for retaliation filed by the U.S.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Mountaire Farms is an agricultural food processing company. According to the EEOC's lawsuit, Frantz Morette began working as a translator for a group of Haitian workers atMountaire Farms' Lumber Bridge facility. The EEOC alleges that Morette complained repeatedly to his supervisors and the human resources department that the Haitian workers were being treated poorly by supervisors as compared to their non-Haitian coworkers. Morette told management that supervisors often refused to allow the Haitian workers to take bathroom breaks while allowing non-Haitian workers to do so and refused to provide the Haitian workers with the training necessary for the higher-paying jobs at the facility. The EEOC further alleges that Morette notified company managers that a supervisor was refusing to allow a Haitian worker to take a restroom break while allowing other non-Haitian workers to do so. A few days later, Morette was allegedly fired for his complaints. Read More.