AK Steel Corp. will pay $600,000 to seven black employees and an employee’s estate to settle a hostile environment case at its Butler facility.
The employees described an atmosphere of verbal abuse and intimidation. Ku Klux Klan videos and literature, swastikas, Nazi graffiti and even nooses were on open display in common work areas.
The company must also provide annual training on its equal employment opportunity policies to all its Butler employees.
Regional EEOC officials called the case “some of the most severe misconduct” they’d ever seen. Since the abuse was so pervasive, they said must have been aware of it before the employees filed complaints.