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Rockford firm settles race bias suit for $630,000

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

Rockford, Ill.-based Area Erectors Inc., has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by 23 workers who alleged racial discrimination.

According to the EEOC, the company laid off black workers while keeping equally qualified and tenured white workers. Additionally, the company fired a black worker, Giles Jefferson, after it found out he had filed racial discrimination charges against a previous employer.

In addition to paying $630,000, the company agreed to reinstate eligible employees, implement a racial discrimination policy and open a process to report and resolve racial discrimination complaints.

During the three-year consent decree, the company must report to the EEOC all complaints and provide the commission with details of each layoff.

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