The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued Emery Worldwide Airlines, alleging the unit of Palo Alto-based CNF Inc. allowed the "commonplace" harassment of black workers at its Kearny, N.J., mail-processing center.
The EEOC filed the lawsuit in federal court in Newark, N.J., on behalf of 12 former employees of Emery. Eleven of the employees are black and the other is a white worker who "was fired in reprisal for his opposition to the treatment of the black workers," the EEOC alleges.
The EEOC also alleged discrimination in job assignments, overtime, compensation and disciplinary action.
The facility was turned over to the U.S. Postal Service earlier this year, Emery said.