Race-Based Discrimination: Employee Subjected to Different Terms and Conditions of Employment June 23, 2022 An employee claimed harassment based on her race when she was not allowed to leave her workstation to use the restroom. Investigation revealed substantial evidence to believe Complainant identified as Latina/Hispanic, and that her employer treated non-English speaking Latino/Hispanic individuals less favorably than English speaking non-Latino/Hispanic employees. The investigation also revealed that as a Latina, Complainant was subjected to verbal abuse, prohibited from wearing either prescription eyeglasses or prescription safety glasses, and unlike non-Latino/Hispanic employees, Complainant was not permitted to utilize the restroom as needed, which resulted in Complainant urinating on herself in public. Complainant filed verbal complaints with Respondent’s human resources personnel, as well as filed an in-person complaint with the corporate office after the term of her employment contract. Ultimately, Complainant declined to sign the Commission’s proposed Conciliation Agreement to explore potential civil remedies in either state or federal court. On November 5, 2021, the Commission entered into a two-party agreement with Respondent to pursue its public policy goals of training and for the employer to adopt an effective non-discrimination policy. When Respondent has completed the remaining terms of the Agreement, this file will be closed.