A U.S. District Court ordered YRC Worldwide to hand over the names of all black employees who worked at its Chicago Ridge facility from 2004 through 2009.
The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission wants those names as it investigates allegations of discrimination at the terminal, which closed last year.
The EEOC alleged YRC fostered a racially hostile work environment at the Chicago-area terminal in a lawsuit it filed in December on behalf of 200 employees.
Black employees were harassed with racist graffiti and comments and hangman’s nooses, the EEOC claimed, and harsher discipline and less desirable jobs.
“Our company is committed to equal employment opportunity and to eliminating discrimination and harassment in the workplace,” YRC said in December.
In a statement, the EEOC said YRC argued delivering a full list of former black employees and their contact information was beyond the scope of discovery.
The U.S. District Court for the Nothern Districtd of Illinois rejected that argument and ruled July 21 that production of the complete list was warranted.
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