Marquez Brothers International, Inc. and its affiliates will pay $2 million to settle a race discrimination suit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today. The EEOC had charged the company refused to hire non-Hispanic applicants for unskilled positions.
According to EEOC’s lawsuit, Marquez Brothers and its affiliates preferred Hispanic job applicants over all other races (including black, white and Asian applicants) in unskilled production and warehouse positions. The suit further charged that the companies discouraged non-Hispanic applicants from applying for open positions, by, among other things, imposed a language requirement not required for the job.
Marquez Brothers Enterprises, Inc., Marquez Brothers Foods, Inc., Marquez Brothers Southern California, Inc., Marquez Brothers Nevada, Inc., and Marquez Brothers Texas I, Inc. are among the Marquez Brothers International affiliates listed in EEOC’s discrimination lawsuit.