The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

PRESS RELEASE
9-29-09

EEOC SUES TRC GLOBAL SOLUTIONS FOR RETALIATION

Corporate Relocation Firm Fired Employee for Discrimination Complaints, Federal Agency Charges

MILWAUKEE – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed suit against TRC Global Solutions, Inc., a Milwaukee firm providing relocation services to corporate clients throughout the country, charging that it unlawfully fired a personal move associate because of her complaints of race discrimination.

According to the EEOC’s suit, Princess Barksdale filed an internal complaint in which she stated that she was being subjected to race discrimination and retaliation. Shortly thereafter, she filed a charge with the EEOC alleging discrimination because of her race, black, and retaliation. On the following day she was terminated.

Retaliation for complaints and charges of discrimination violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The lawsuit, captioned EEOC v. TRC Global Solutions, Inc., No. 09-C-0934, was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, after the agency first attempted to resolve the matter with the employer through its voluntary conciliation process.

“The EEOC’s efforts to combat employment discrimination rest on the willingness of employees to come forward with complaints, and employers’ understanding that such complaints are protected by law,” said EEOC Chicago Regional Attorney John Hendrickson. “This is why the EEOC makes claims such as this one a high priority.”

The government’s litigation effort will be led by EEOC Senior Trial Attorney Brian Tyndall and Associate Regional Attorney Jean P. Kamp.

The EEOC’s Chicago District Office is responsible for processing charges of discrimination, administrative enforcement, and the conduct of agency litigation in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and North and South Dakota, with Area Offices in Milwaukee and Minneapolis.

The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting discrimination in employment. Further information about the Commission is available on its web site at www.eeoc.gov.


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