Fish Seller Settles Harassment Suit Brought by Black Workers

The fishmonger M. Slavin and Sons, the company with the familiar “Eat Fish Live Longer” delivery trucks, has agreed to pay $900,000 to 31 black workers to settle a discrimination suit brought by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

For years, black loaders and drivers working at the company’s Brooklyn facility, both American-born and African immigrants, were routinely subjected to physical and verbal sexual harassment, according to a complaint filed in 2009.

The supervisors’ abuse included groping the men’s buttocks, putting fish hooks into their buttocks and rubbing their bodies into the employees’, the E.E.O.C. has said, as well as using racial slurs and sexual taunts.

“Many of the men worked for M. Slavin for 10 to 20 years and endured this treatment because they desperately needed the work,” the commission said in a statement announcing the settlement last week.

Under a consent decree, Slavin, now based in Hunts Point in the the Bronx, must also submit to five years of monitoring, conduct training sessions for owners and managers, and post an announcement of the resolution of the case at the workplace.

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