Former Safelite employee Mauro Castillo Vidal and Safelite Group are entering private mediation to discuss discrimination allegations brought by Vidal against the country’s largest installer. The parties have agreed on a private mediator and have asked to court to give them until September 30, 2016 to complete discussions.
Vidal filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California after he was terminated by Safelite. He alleges “discrimination based on association with a person with a disability in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. (“ADA”) and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), race and national origin discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (“Title VII”) and FEHA, and retaliation in violation of Title VII and FEHA.”
He was employed as a delivery truck driver for Safelite from June 2007 until he was terminated in July 2010, his attorney says.
Soon after his wife filed a charge of discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Vidal says his supervisors began “treating him differently.” His wife also worked for Safelite.
Vidal also alleges some of the employees made racially discriminatory remarks. He is a Latino man of Guatemalan origin, according to the court documents.
Safelite Group denies the allegations.
To read Vidal’s complaint, click here.
To read Safelite’s response, click here.