The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has referred insurer State Farm to its legal unit for possible prosecution for a case of alleged discrimination, retaliation, and racism, according to a report from WGLT.org.
According to WGLT, Carla Campbell-Jackson, first vice president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Bloomington-Normal chapter in Illinois, filed the allegations against the insurer with the EEOC in 2016.
At the time, WGLT said that Campbell-Jackson was working in the claims section of State Farm in Michigan.
After going through an investigation process, WGLT said that the EEOC issued a “determination of reasonable cause for Campbell-Jackson’s claims in February of this year.”
According to WGLT, the federal agency has since “referred the issue to its legal unit for possible prosecution and notified Campbell-Jackson of her right to sue.”
“Racism can be experienced by any individual no matter their educational attainment, their political affiliation, their status, their class,” said Campbell-Jackson, according to WGLT. “So, racism is real, and it is systemic.”
Meanwhile, Teresa Haley, president of the NAACP Illinois State Conference, referred to the case in a statement seen by WGLT, saying that racism, discrimination and retaliation in the workplace “are intolerable, illegal and reprehensible.”