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Wisconsin business faces racial discrimination lawsuit

May 15, 2018

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. (AP) — A Milwaukee-area company will go to trial in a racial discrimination case after a federal judge declined to dismiss a lawsuit alleging the firm refused to hire a woman because she was black.

U.S District Court Judge David E. Jones denied Scion Dental’s motion to dismiss the case Monday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported .

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit in 2016, alleging the dental benefits administration company refused to hire a black woman for a permanent position and fired her from her temporary position because of her race.

The commission provided enough evidence for the case to continue to trial, Jones said.

Court documents allege the company didn’t give Nartisha Leija a permanent position because she didn’t have a college degree, but the company later hired two white employees despite their lack of degrees.

Scion Dental said it fired Leija because there weren’t any active projects. But the commission alleges the company fired Leija a week after she filed complaints and that the company hired new employees afterward to do similar work.

The commission alleges Scion Dental violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on their sex, race, color, national origin or religion.

Scion Dental combined with other companies is now a part of SKYGEN USA, according to the commission.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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