Hadsell Stormer Renick & Dai LLP
Free Consultations 626-381-9261

Employment discrimination suit ends in sizable settlement

California readers may be aware of an employment lawsuit that clothing manufacturer Wet Seal Inc. has been facing since July 2012. Legal action against the company developed into a class-action employment discrimination suit filed on behalf of African-American employees working out of one of the company's stores on the east coast. At the heart of the lawsuit are claims that upper management actively discouraged the presence of African-American managers at the retail store level.

The suit went on to detail incidents in which black managers were fired after higher-ups discovered their racial makeup. The company was accused of implementing policies aimed at hiring more white employees and terminating existing black managers. These changes were allegedly undertaken in an effort to protect the company's brand image within the retail marketplace.

The matter was recently settled. Wet Seal agreed to a payment of $5.58 million to cover relief and damages to the staff members who were fired due to race. In addition, the company has pledged to make procedural changes that will increase diversity within the workplace and put oversight measures into place to ensure that this type of treatment does not occur in the future.

For employees who are subjected to this type of employment discrimination, the experience can feel overwhelming. Despite putting in the time and effort required to achieve a position within management, African-Americans and other racial minorities continue to experience discrimination, in California and across the nation. The outcome of this case should serve as a reminder that employees have access to legal recourse, including but not limited to a discrimination suit similar to the one detailed here.

Source: California Apparel News, "Wet Seal Fined $7.5 Million for Employee Discrimination," Andrew Asch, May 10, 2013

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
    • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers
    • Top Listed In Best Lawyers | The World's Premier Guide
    • Americas Top 100 2017 | Criminal Defense Attorneys
    • AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Ratings
    • Super Lawyers | Rising Stars 2018
    • Best Lawyers US News 2016
    • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 40 Under 40
    • proud fellow of american bar foundation
    • 2018 Top 100 Lawyer ASLA
    • SuperLawyers Rising Stars 2018

Have You Been Victimized?

Speak to an attorney who will fight for you.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Email Us For A Response

Pasadena Office
128 N. Fair Oaks Avenue, Suite 204
Pasadena, CA 91103

Phone: 626-585-9600
Fax: 626-577-7079
Map & Directions

Downtown Los Angeles Office (Legal Fund)
250 1st Street, Suite 1201
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Phone: 213-785-6999
Map & Directions

Free Consultations

Tel: 626-381-9261
Toll-free: 866-457-2590