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Insurance firm to pay $110,000 to Hmong employee passed over for promotion

A Hmong woman who was denied promotion at the Milwaukee office of a major insurance firm because of her race will get $110,000 in back pay and damages, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Wednesday.

The EEOC contended that Chubb & Son failed to stop its managers from using stereotypes and negative racial assumptions while supposedly considering Kong Chee Vang in 2006 and 2007 for a promotion to underwriter.

In a federal lawsuit on Vang’s behalf, the EEOC also claimed that Chubb retaliated against her for filing her initial discrimination claim with the EEOC by rejecting her for another promotion later.

“When race gets into employment decision making, the process itself is fatally defective, and the EEOC will not hesitate to challenge it, said John Hendrickson, regional attorney for the EEOC. “The same is true when retaliation infects the situation. Managers who may think they are ‘just standing up’ for their companies when they retaliate against complainants are, in fact, just doing more damage.”

The payments are the result of a consent decree reached by the EEOC and Chubb, which was approved Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman.

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Written by lordsinsurancelog

May 5, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Posted in Insurance News