2007_10_bh.jpgB&H Photo-Video, the huge photo and video store on 9th Avenue and 34th Street, will pay $4.3 million to settle an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint. The EEOC contended that B&H paid Hispanic employees in its warehouses less than other workers, many of whom are religious Jews; this is in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Other allegations included that B&H "failed to promote" and "provide health benefits" to Hispanic staff. The AP reports that now B&H will disburse the settlement amongst the employees who were paid less and will also equalize wages. EEOC New York commended B&H for its cooperation and district director Spencer H. Lewis said, “Employees are entitled to work in an environment free of pay disparity and discrimination due to a person’s national origin. Every individual deserves the freedom to compete in the workplace on a fair and level playing field.”

According to Wikipedia, B&H is the largest photo and video store in the country. The company started on the Lower East Side and now does 70% of its business online. The Better Business Bureau gives it a satisfactory record.