MIAMI (AP) The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued Nordstrom Inc., charging the department store chain with harassing Hispanic and black employees, accusations the company denied Wednesday.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Miami accuses Nordstrom of failing to protect former employee Gloria Pimentel and other workers from a female supervisor who complained openly about her belief that Hispanics are lazy and ignorant.
The alterations department supervisor also said she planned to force out Hispanic employees and openly celebrated when a Hispanic employee was forced to quit, the lawsuit claims. The supervisor also said she did not like a black employee, saying "you're black and you stink," the lawsuit alleges.
Nordstrom failed to listen to complaints about the supervisor, who also sabotaged employees' work and falsely accused them of performance problems, the lawsuit claims.