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“I find it very disturbing that racial profiling of this type is still happening, 40 years after the enactment of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act”

EEOC accuses Area Temps of discrimination Posted by Teresa Dixon Murray September 29, 2007 07:38AM A giant in the temporary-staffing industry, Area Temps of Cleveland, violated federal law by matching workers ... via The Plain Dealer

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Disqusted by their ethics

AOL

#1 Oct 5, 2007
I worked at one of their locations for 2 days. After witnessing some of the ways they handled their clients I was basically appauled by it. (for example: when Area Temp conducts a drug test, they let the people leave the cups of urine sitting in the bathrooms without collecting it. The next person to use the restroom would report this.) I beleive witnessing all this garbage contributed to the reason why I was let go after the 2nd day of employment. I would suggest any one looking for a job, would have to be pretty desperate to let them find you one. They make their money by taking at least a third of what these hard working people should of earned. Im sure they definitely discriminate against race ,sex and age.
Previous Employee

United States

#2 Mar 23, 2008
Isn't that what a disgruntled employee who got fired after two days would say? Perhaps if you would have done your job and got the urine immediately after the applicant was done you wouldn't have that opinion!
Disqusted by their ethics wrote:
I worked at one of their locations for 2 days. After witnessing some of the ways they handled their clients I was basically appauled by it.(for example: when Area Temp conducts a drug test, they let the people leave the cups of urine sitting in the bathrooms without collecting it. The next person to use the restroom would report this.) I beleive witnessing all this garbage contributed to the reason why I was let go after the 2nd day of employment. I would suggest any one looking for a job, would have to be pretty desperate to let them find you one. They make their money by taking at least a third of what these hard working people should of earned. Im sure they definitely discriminate against race ,sex and age.
Maxey Thomas

Kent, OH

#3 Jul 8, 2008
Area Temps is definately a "no brainer!" They do racially profile each and every individual. The blacks get the shit jobs, because they think that they can do no better. The whites are segregated into two categories: Trailer Type- get low paying minimum wage type positions; others - get better postions but still don't make any money.

They post ads every day on Cleveland.com and in the Plain Dealer News. SKILL LEVEL $700 weekly, but when you go in that job had been filled, by whom? Once you leave they still have the same signs up SKILL LEVEL 800 / WKLY (you might even be over qualified for that position, and then they say "It's filled" or that was just an ad posted to attract people in.

Bottom line, think of them as they stuff the street sweeper picks up; and then ask yourself if they are worth it. Don't apply to blind ads, they never have any jobs!
Maxey Thomas

Kent, OH

#4 Jul 8, 2008
EEOC accuses Area Temps of discrimination
Posted by Teresa Dixon Murray September 29, 2007 07:38AM
A giant in the temporary-staffing industry, Area Temps of Cleveland, violated federal law by matching workers with companies' requests for people of a certain race, age, gender and national origin, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charged in a lawsuit announced Friday.

The EEOC's class-action lawsuit follows a three-year investigation into Area Temps' practices.

Area Temps also illegally profiled applicants according to their race and other demographic information, the EEOC said. And the government agency charges in its suit that Area Temps illegally fired an employee who helped the EEOC with its investigation and another employee who opposed the company's discriminatory policies.

Area Temps founder and Chief Executive Ray Castelluccio declined to comment on the suit, referring questions to company attorney Tim Ditchey. Ditchey couldn't be reached for comment Friday evening.

"I find it very disturbing that racial profiling of this type is still happening, 40 years after the enactment of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act," EEOC regional attorney Jacqueline McNair said in a written statement. "Discriminatory practices such as this should serve as a reminder to all of us that there is much work to be done in the field of civil rights."

The EEOC accuses Area Temps of violating the federal law that prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender or national origin.

The company also violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the suit said.

Area Temps, founded in 1987, employed nearly 8,000 people in 2005, according to its Web site, making it one of the largest employers in Greater Cleveland.

In some cases, the company failed to assign people for temporary employment because of their race, gender, age or national origin, the suit said. In other cases, it complied with clients' discriminatory requests.

Besides its downtown Cleveland headquarters, Area Temps has offices in North Olmsted, Parma, Mayfield, Mentor, Garfield Heights, Lakewood and Macedonia, according to its Web site.

The EEOC had attempted to reach a voluntary settlement with Area Temps.

The illegal practices date to at least January 2004, the EEOC said.

The suit seeks to change Area Temps' employment practices. It also requests reinstatement or compensation, including back pay and interest, for Kevin Duffy, Ana Lopez and a class of people who applied for jobs at Area Temps or were affected by its practices. Duffy and Lopez were fired because they opposed Area Temps' discriminatory practices, the EEOC said, and Lopez participated in the agency's investigation.

The suit requests compensation for the past and future losses of anyone affected and for their emotional pain, suffering and inconvenience. Any damage amounts would be determined at the trial.

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skills to pay bills

United States

#5 Aug 21, 2008
I'm not sure about some of your comments. they found me a job for $18 per hour. i'm a cnc programmer so that is why. those with no skills have a harder time finding work anywhere. the days of mindless labor are gone in America.
Staffing Pro

Overland Park, KS

#6 Sep 2, 2008
I see it again and again. Staffing employers allow or even encourage poor treatment of temporary workers. I don't believe that the practice is based as much on discrimination as just a feeling of complete frustration with the hopeless labor force that is available to them. Temp staffing companies need reliable workers to fill their open positions and serve their clients. Temps have to understand that they are a product for distribution in the same way that a brake-maker distributes brakes to auto supply stores. If the brake pads are all defective, the brake-making company will soon go out of business. Staffing companies are no different. If they supply a temporary employee to a client and that employee does a poor job, the client will fire the staffing company. If this happens enough times, the staffing company will go out of business.
Temporary staffing workers: start pulling your weight and work hard for the wages you earn, no matter how meager they are. Have some pride in the job that you perform. It is up to you to better your situation, not the staffing company for whom you work. That attitude is probably why you ended-up a temp in the first place.
I have never seen a staffing company discriminate on the basis of any criteria except who works hard and who doesn't. White, black, Hispanic, etc. If you do a great job, you will get preferred treatment.
Jean H

Cleveland, OH

#8 Jun 28, 2010
Maxey Thomas wrote:
Area Temps is definately a "no brainer!" They do racially profile each and every individual. The blacks get the shit jobs, because they think that they can do no better. The whites are segregated into two categories: Trailer Type- get low paying minimum wage type positions; others - get better postions but still don't make any money.
They post ads every day on Cleveland.com and in the Plain Dealer News. SKILL LEVEL $700 weekly, but when you go in that job had been filled, by whom? Once you leave they still have the same signs up SKILL LEVEL 800 / WKLY (you might even be over qualified for that position, and then they say "It's filled" or that was just an ad posted to attract people in.
Bottom line, think of them as they stuff the street sweeper picks up; and then ask yourself if they are worth it. Don't apply to blind ads, they never have any jobs!
You are so right, they never have any jobs, or so they say. I have a college degree, years of experience, and I work at computer jobs, or administrative assistance work. They called me for a $7.00 job using a cash register. I never used a cash register, and it was not on my resume or application. It was for an early Saturday only job. Everyone I know that has taken their test, filled out their application has never been offered a decent job.
Jean H

Cleveland, OH

#9 Jun 28, 2010
Area Temps are full of BS. They never have the jobs that are posted. They have always been filled, canceled or on hold. What does Area Temps really do? Is this a cover up company?
CJone

Rocky River, OH

#10 Nov 1, 2010
I'm glad that justice was served. Shame on you area temps. Ha Ha Ha..........Good for Yah.
Randy

Brunswick, OH

#11 Oct 14, 2015
Previous Employee wrote:
Isn't that what a disgruntled employee who got fired after two days would say? Perhaps if you would have done your job and got the urine immediately after the applicant was done you wouldn't have that opinion!
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No, they are spot on. I took that drug test and there were other containers of pee just sitting on the back of the toilet. I don't even know if mine was the one they looked at. The recruiters don't call you back and there are never jobs available. I scored 100% on most of their tests and 90wpm on the typing test. I was told they hadn't even seen scores that high. Yet, when I call I am told the same thing every time, "I'm sorry, we don't have anything at this time." I don't know how they stay in business since they never have positions. Most of the time they don't answer their phones and they never return messages. Terrible agency. I'd never recommend it to anyone.
Randy

Brunswick, OH

#12 Oct 14, 2015
skills to pay bills wrote:
I'm not sure about some of your comments. they found me a job for $18 per hour. i'm a cnc programmer so that is why. those with no skills have a harder time finding work anywhere. the days of mindless labor are gone in America.
Then you are lucky. I've been registered with them for four months and they have only gotten me a two, low paying and dangerous warehouse positions. I'm a skilled graphic designer and computer programmer and I scored 100% on all of their computer tests. Recruiters are rude, don't return calls and staff is rude and I heard them making fun of other candidates. Their drug testing practices are terrible and there is no chain of accountability. Samples were left unattended in the bathroom while other candidates took their tests. The jobs they placed me in were short term, paid nearly min wage and were highly dangerous.
Randy

Brunswick, OH

#13 Oct 14, 2015
Staffing Pro wrote:
I see it again and again. Staffing employers allow or even encourage poor treatment of temporary workers. I don't believe that the practice is based as much on discrimination as just a feeling of complete frustration with the hopeless labor force that is available to them. Temp staffing companies need reliable workers to fill their open positions and serve their clients. Temps have to understand that they are a product for distribution in the same way that a brake-maker distributes brakes to auto supply stores. If the brake pads are all defective, the brake-making company will soon go out of business. Staffing companies are no different. If they supply a temporary employee to a client and that employee does a poor job, the client will fire the staffing company. If this happens enough times, the staffing company will go out of business.
Temporary staffing workers: start pulling your weight and work hard for the wages you earn, no matter how meager they are. Have some pride in the job that you perform. It is up to you to better your situation, not the staffing company for whom you work. That attitude is probably why you ended-up a temp in the first place.
I have never seen a staffing company discriminate on the basis of any criteria except who works hard and who doesn't. White, black, Hispanic, etc. If you do a great job, you will get preferred treatment.
So then, how do you explain why they are not placing skilled candidates. I have two degrees, passed their computer tests with 100% score, got 90wpm on the typing test and have experience in graphic design, programming, web design and screen printing. Never got a good job and they don't even return my calls. If they need skilled labor why am I not being utilized? It's been four months and I have been passed up for several good jobs that I was specifically qualified for.

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