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Charlotte firm settles bias case filed by Muslim employee

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

Charlotte-based Sunbelt Rentals has agreed to settle charges it discriminated against a Muslim worker at a store in Maryland. According to the complaint, Clinton Ingram endured ridicule, allegations he was a terrorist and harassment that included an anti-Islamic cartoon posted in the workplace.

Ingram filed charges with the EEOC, but Sunbelt refused to settle during commission-sponsored conciliation. Ingram then sued Sunbelt in federal court, with the EEOC intervening on his behalf. Sunbelt decided to settle just days before the case was set to go to trial.

Under the agreement, the company will pay Ingram $64,641, train its supervisors about religious discrimination and must report any future religious discrimination claims directly to the EEOC.

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