B&H Photo to pay $3.22 million to settle discrimination case

Aug 17, 2017

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B&H Photo to pay $3.22 million to settle discrimination case

Aug 17, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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In February 2016, the Department of Labor sued B&H Foto & Electronics Corp. (or B&H Photo) for discrimination against multiple groups. A year and a half later, they have agreed to pay $3.22 million to settle the case.

As the Department of Labor writes, B&H states that they “employ an incredibly diverse group of people.” However, according to the lawsuit, this isn’t the case. B&H allegedly discriminated against Asian, black and female job seekers at the Brooklyn Navy Yard warehouse by hiring only Hispanic men into the entry-level jobs. Additionally, they were sued for paying their Hispanic employees less than white workers, and not offering them promotion to higher positions.

According to the Department of Labor, the Hispanic employees were also harassed at the workplace and subjected to racist comments. Another point of the lawsuit claims that B&H failed to keep and preserve the personnel and employment records. Allegedly, they made Hispanic workers use separate and unsanitary restrooms. They also failed to provide designated restroom or changing facilities for female workers.

As DPReview reports, the employees complained to the company about all these problems, but they failed to correct them. As a result, B&H were sued for discrimination over multiple groups of job seekers and over the Hispanic group of employees. The company has agreed to pay $3.22 million of monetary relief and back wages to over 1,300 people. Additionally, they will provide annual trainings for their managers on with workplace harassment prevention and equal opportunity principles. They also plan to hire a consultant to fix the negative practices at their current warehouses, but also to prevent the problems to arise at their upcoming warehouse in Florence, New Jersey.

[via DPReview, Department of Labor]

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7 responses to “B&H Photo to pay $3.22 million to settle discrimination case”

  1. Sarosa Avatar
    Sarosa

    Thank you for this information. A good reason why not to buy/order anything from this company again.

  2. Alan Amos Avatar
    Alan Amos

    No smoke without fire

  3. Henry Posner Avatar
    Henry Posner

    B&H Agrees to Settle Outstanding Government Claims: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/bh-agrees-settle-outstanding-government-claims
    “While we are pleased to conclude the case, B&H rejects the OFCCP’s allegations … While B&H categorically denies the allegations, we settled to avoid the distraction of litigation.”

    Regarding “No smoke without fire,” I’m glad you’re not on a jury where I’m on trial and have proclaimed my innocence. YMMV
    — Henry Posner / B&H Photo-Video

  4. Corina Bueno Avatar
    Corina Bueno

    Say it isn’t so! ?

  5. Zachary Sprinkles Avatar
    Zachary Sprinkles

    Hahaha!

  6. Max Faust Avatar
    Max Faust

    Buy ADORAMA