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Bakery settles after allegations of harassment against Mexicans

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in Compensation and Benefits,Discrimination and Harassment,HR Management,Human Resources

Gonnella Bakery has settled with Mexican workers at its plant in Aurora who claimed they were harassed because of their national origin.

The workers said one manager often made derogatory comments about Mexican workers and consistently assigned them more difficult duties and work schedules. When workers complained about the harassment, they said the manager responded with more verbal abuse and a series of threats, even telling one woman that if she went to HR with her complaint, she “would be sorry.”

Less than two weeks before the case was to go to trial, Gonnella agreed to settle the complaint for $350,000 and enter into a four-year consent decree with the EEOC.

Under the consent decree, the bakery must train its managers about national-origin discrimination and harassment, and must immediately inform the EEOC of any similar complaints.

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