One Comm Paying Big Federal Settlement for Religious Harassment

One Communications Corp. is having a rough year.

The struggling CLEC which has put itself up for sale, and likely will be bought either by EarthLink or PAETEC also now is contending with a reputation hit.

In mid-November, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released a statement noting that One Comm has agreed to pay a $66,000 federal settlement over religious harassment.

Apparently, the vice president of sales at One Comms Conshohocken, Penn., location regularly bullied three account reps because they practice Judaism. The salesmen reported the execs behavior to management but One Comm didnt do much to stop the problem, which included anti-Semitic remarks, according to the EEOC. The harassment was so bad that one of the salesmen quit his job, the EEOC said.

The EEOC and One Comm ultimately reached a settlement. One Comm will pay a total of $66,000, plus train all managers and employees at the Conshohocken facility about religious harassment.

This lawsuit should remind all employers that religious harassment is not just reprehensible, it is also illegal,” an EEOC spokesman said in a prepared statement.

Meantime, One Comms planned sale appears to be on the front burner. The company is looking for a buyer as it tries to remain afloat amid heavy competition and a weak economy.

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