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KONE, Inc. Accused of Breach of Mediation

Friday, July, 10, 2015

KONE, Inc., a Delaware company that manufactures and services escalators and elevators, has agreed to pay more than $85,000 to settle a lawsuit claiming the company retaliated and breached a mediation agreement filed against it by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).


The suit was filed in May 2009 and stipulated that KONE would abide by a mediation settlement agreement with the EEOC. The mediation would address complaints from a former employee concerning wrongful termination. In addition to other relief, the company was to recode the employee’s personnel file so she would be eligible for future rehire.


Instead, KONE listed the employee as ineligible causing her to be refused employment. EEOC alleged KONE denied the employee the opportunity to return to the company several times between 2009 and 2012, despite the settlement agreement and thus violating the retaliation provisions of the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The organization believed the actions of KONE were intentional and that the women were facing retaliation.


In addition to the $85,000 in relief, KONE must provide training on discrimination and retaliation in the workplace, maintain records regarding complaints, and provide annual reports to the EEOC. The goal of the training is to prevent future discrimination and retaliation, and to educate employees so they what retaliation and discrimination looks like should it occur.


The first public meeting was held June 2015 and addressed “Retaliation in the Workplace: Cause, Remedies, and Strategies for Prevention. The company has more than 30,000 employees throughout the United States and internationally.