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EEOC: Aurora retaliated after employee complaint (UPDATE)

By: Associated Press//August 16, 2011//

EEOC: Aurora retaliated after employee complaint (UPDATE)

By: Associated Press//August 16, 2011//

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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.

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