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OAKLAND, Calif. – Goodwill Industries of the East Bay Area and affiliate Calidad Industries violated federal law by allowing sexual harassment and disability discrimination against nightshift janitors contracted to clean the Oakland Federal Building and retaliating against managers who tried to help these employees, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it filed today.

According to the suit, a nightshift supervisor routinely sexually harassed at least five women employed by Goodwill/Calidad’s janitorial operations under a federal government contract. Most of these workers were employed through a program providing jobs for people with disabilities. In addition to inappropriate touching, leering, propositions and intrusive questions about these women’s sex lives, the supervisor groped his genitals in front of female janitors and others so often that federal building employees nicknamed him “Mr. Bojangles.” Despite repeated reports, Goodwill/Calidad failed to take any effective action to protect these vulnerable workers.

EEOC’s investigation also revealed that the same supervisor falsified mandated time studies, denying the workers with disabilities pay increases based on their actual performance. 

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