Howard Industries settles discrimination class action

Howard Industries

The discrimination lawsuit was filed by four black women who claimed the company gave preferential treatment to Latinos.

Howard Industries will pay $1.3 million into a settlement fund to be paid to possibly as many as 5,000 non-Hispanic individuals who applied for jobs at the company between March 2003 and Aug. 28, 2008.

Also, within nine months after the settlement, the company will hire at least 70 of the individuals who had applied for jobs, according to court documents. Howard Industries, according to court records, entered the settlement without admitting any wrongdoing.

The lawsuit claimed that one of the plaintiffs applied for a job at the Howard Industries electrical transformer plant in Laurel, Miss., every three to six months beginning in 2002, but wasn’t offered a position until after the 2008 raid.  Immigration agents detained nearly 600 illegal immigrants during the raid at the sprawling plant. Most of them were deported, though a handful faced identity theft charges. The company was fined $2.5 million in February 2011 after pleading guilty to conspiracy to violate immigration laws.

The lawsuit claimed Howard Industries not only knew it was hiring illegal immigrants, but instructed some on how to get false identities and concealed the fact that hundreds of employees were illegal immigrants. Federal authorities made similar allegations against the company.


WANDA H. said
610 days ago
I'M A FEMALE TRUCK DRIVER.I WORK FOR THIS COMPANY THAT WORK THE HELL OUT ME BUT UNDER PAY ME.!THEY STARTED MY PAY LESS THEN THEY STARTED ALL THE MALE DRIVER AND THE OTHER DRIVERS HAVE GOT TWO RAISE SENT I BEEN THERE & I'M STILL WAITING ON MINE.I BEEN WITH THIS COMPANY FOR TWO YEARS.EVERY NEW MANGER THAT COME TELL ME ITS NOT RIGHT & GIVE ME HOPE THAT THINGS GOING TO GET BETTER FOR ME IN PAY BUT IT NEVER HAPPEN.I HAVE TO FILL IN ON OTHER DRIVER THAT MISS WORK AND DRIVE THEY TRUCK BUT I CANT GET THEY PAY BECAUSE IM JUST A FILL IN! I HAVE DANGEROUS WORK DUTIES THAT I HAVE TO GET ON TOP OF THE BODYOF MY TRUCK AND CLOSE THE DOORS AND JUMP DOWN OFF THE TRUCK,MY HIP & LEGS ARE STARTING TO HURT ME AT NIGHT & I HAVE TALKED TO THEM ABOUT THIS AND NOTHING IS HAPPENING YET! WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT THIS I JUST HATE TO LEAVE MY WORK WITH ALL MY BILLS AT HAND.


michelle h. said
589 days ago
Fired illegally!


Beverly D. said
576 days ago
I worked for howard ballast for 81/2 years was laid off in nov.2006 went and took the test for the transformer plant pass it did not get hired went back to ballast plant which is now howard lighting took the test passed it did not get hired never understood that at all i even took the test after the raid passed did not get hired. what should i do


Jerri M. said
499 days ago
I won't to know why I haven't been contacted about the Lawsuite because I went to the job and filled out an application and passed the test and they told me that they wasn't hiring and they will call me when they get and opening and I don't think that wat right,because all the Mexican got hire and I didn't


Mae S. said
421 days ago
I felt I was also discriminated against in September of 2008 due to the fact that I scored high on the exam for employment and passed a drug test but was never hired for a position...


Mae S. said
419 days ago
Applied for a job I the fall of 2008 and score high on the test exam and I passed the drug screen but was never called back for a job interview or offered a position


Mae S. said
419 days ago
Applied for a job I the fall of 2008 and score high on the test exam and I passed the drug screen but was never called back for a job interview or offered a position


Allen k. said
400 days ago
Received a letter family member. Misplaced it I need another one


Arica S. said
342 days ago
Yes. I've been taking& passing these test since before 2006. Never failed one. It's now August 2013 & I passed again only 3 out of 15 of us past. I know she called one person for orientation, but not me. I'm still jobless.


Jacqueline K. said
302 days ago
Wondering what's going on with the lawsuit.


Erik W. said
184 days ago
I recieved a letter many months ago, have met several people who have recieved settlment checks, and I havent.

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