EEOC Dismisses Discrimination Claim
Obtained dismissal from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in a Florida employment law case. The complainant was a student mentor for a YMCA and alleged that the school discriminated against her due to her Hispanic national origin. Specifically, she argued that her manager refused to allow her access to her cell phone during working hours while allowing Caucasian employees to text and make calls whenever they wanted. The respondent argued that many other employees had been denied access to their phones and proffered a legitimate business interest in that the YMCA wished to ensure that all employees were giving 100% attention to its members while on the clock. The employees were given access to business phones for emergency reasons. After both parties extensively briefed the issues, the EEOC issued a determination of No Cause to believe that discrimination had occurred.