Employment practices insurance may cover companies for legal costs regarding equal opportunity employment lawsuits and Comcast could be forced to rely on that due to racial discrimination charges related to one of its Chicago offices, The Chicago Tribune reports.
According to the news source, 11 current and former Comcast employees have filed a class-action lawsuit against Comcast for allegedly discriminating against African American employees who were urged to install defective equipment while working in substandard workplace conditions.
The plaintiffs additionally reported they were called discriminatory names such as "ghetto techs," the news source added.
"The mistreatment of the black customers contributed to the hostile environment for Comcast's African-American employees … which would negatively impact their pay and promotional opportunities," Noelle Brennan, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said in a statement, according to the news source.
In a rebuttal statement, Comcast denied the allegations and said it would do all it could to clear its name in the lawsuit, spokeswoman Angelynne Amores wrote in an email, according to the news source.
Companies must adhere to the standards set forth by the Equal Opportunity Commission to ensure reputability and avoid lawsuits.