BOISE, Idaho — Recruiting services company Jivaro Professional Headhunters violated federal law by retaliating against a former employee because she filed a discrimination charge with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency charged in a recently filed lawsuit.
According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Felicia Bauer was hired as a senior technical recruiter to work at the company’s Hailey, Idaho facility. According to the EEOC’s suit, after Bauer filed a charge with the EEOC alleging that Jivaro had fired her due to disability discrimination, the company retaliated by providing a negative and misleading job reference to an employer considering Bauer’s job application. Jivaro also retaliated against Bauer by suing her in Idaho state court, alleging she violated her employment agreement by filing the EEOC charge.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits retaliation against workers who report discrimination. After first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process, the EEOC filed the lawsuit (EEOC v. Jivaro Professional Headhunters,LLC, Case No. 1:20-cv-00461-CWD) in U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho. The agency seeks monetary relief for Bauer and injunctive relief such as training and posting worksite notices to prevent discrimination and retaliation.