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EEOC: Aurora retaliated after employee complaint (UPDATE)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal workplace agency is accusing Wisconsin-based Aurora Health Care of not doing enough to investigate a black employee’s claims of harassment and racial discrimination.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the not-for-profit health care provider.

According to the EEOC, the black worker repeatedly complained to Aurora officials about the way her white supervisor was treating her. The EEOC said Aurora failed to “meaningfully” investigate her complaints and eventually fired her.

The lawsuit seeks back pay, compensatory and punitive damages.

Aurora spokeswoman Eva Chess said the company is disappointed by the lawsuit and that Aurora doesn’t discriminate. She said Aurora looks forward to demonstrating its position in court.

Aurora provides services in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

2 comments

  1. Aurora Health Care has discriminated against people for all reasons for many years and gotten away with it for far to long. Someone finally was able to break through. The state EEOC office would never find them guilty of discrimination because of their status as a large employer. Thank goodness for this suit! IT IS ABOUT TIME!!

  2. I absolutely agree with Truth2Tell. This large Wisconsin employer can not continue to get away with discrimation of all forms including hostile work environments. Aurora Health Care System has cost Wisconsin residents alot of money with excessive building of expensive and not needed health care delivery systems throughout the state as well as costly law suits. Although a creator of jobs due to their expansion, the treatment of their employees especially those that try to advance their careers are often subject to extreme hostility and unfair employment practices. I hope that if employees who experience unfair employment practices continue to seek out appropriate attorneys who can help them. Through their courage and honesty, they can help stop any and all unfair and unjust employee practices. Thank God for honest and strong peopel.

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