The officer would ensure compliance with federal anti-discrimination laws.
According to an announcement from the federal commission, the seven employees — including one Filipino male and six Latino males — were harassed by a Salvadoran male co-worker at the airport.
He allegedly hurled racial epithets and sexual remarks at the claimants and at least two black employees beginning in 2004. The man, who was not identified in the settlement agreement announcement, was promoted despite complaints regarding his behavior, according to the commission.
Neither Mercury Air Centers in Burbank nor Atlantic Services could not be reached for comment Tuesday regarding the settlement.
The employment status of the alleged harasser and the victims could not be confirmed.
"We commend Atlantic Services for taking steps to rectify the hostile work environment that persisted at Mercury Air Centers," said Anna Park, the regional attorney of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Los Angeles District Office. "Rewarding bad behavior simply sends out the wrong message to employees."
The commission has also recommended the equal employment opportunity officer at Mercury Air Centers ensure compliance with an anti-discrimination policy, training, procedures and reporting requirements as prescribed by the commission.
Olophius E. Perry, district director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Los Angeles District Office, added that the case is only one of many as the American workforce becomes increasingly more diverse and the potential for inter-minority and same-sex discrimination rises.
"Employers must be mindful not to downplay such forms of discrimination, which can be just as demoralizing to the workforce as more traditional civil rights violations," Perry said.