AG Brnovich announces racial discrimination civil rights settlement against Tucson company

AG Brnovich announces racial discrimination civil rights settlement against Tucson company
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The Attorney General’s Office Civil Rights Division has settled an employment discrimination charge based on race on behalf of a victim against Tucson Recovery Villa Maria, formerly known as Unhooked Recovery, Inc.

This business operates as a residential alcohol and substance abuse program at its locations in Mesa and Tucson.

According to a news release, on January 7, 2020, a woman filed a charge of discrimination with the Division alleging that her employer, Unhooked Recovery, discriminated against her by creating a hostile work environment because of her race and retaliated against her for engaging in protected activity, all in violation of the Arizona Civil Rights Act.

“It is unconscionable and illegal for Arizonans to be subjected to different terms or conditions of employment-based solely on their race,” said Attorney General Brnovich. “Our office is dedicated to investigating and confronting claims of racial discrimination to see that justice is served.”

Unhooked Recovery agreed to pay the victim $75,000. Unhooked Recovery also agreed to create policies that clearly prohibit discrimination and harassment based on an individual’s race, disability, national origin, color, sex, religion, genetic testing, and age, along with policies that clearly prohibit retaliation against any employee or applicant for engaging in protected activity.

Unhooked Recovery is also required to provide its employees with the Attorney General’s Civil Rights Division’s anti-discrimination pamphlet, as well as provide ways to lodge a complaint about workplace discrimination.

This case was overseen by AGO Civil Litigation Division Chief Counsel Joseph Sciarrotta and Civil Rights Division Chief Counsel Rebekah Browder, and handled by CRD Assistant Attorney General Kristi Mehes and Senior Litigation Counsel Chris Carlsen.

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