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Super Steel settles bias suit

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Glenville locomotive manufacturer Super Steel Inc. settled a lawsuit by black workers who alleged racial discrimination by employees and supervisors. The lawsuit sought $175 million but the settlement amount was not specified.

The nine plaintiffs described an atmosphere in which racial epithets were common and black employees lived in fear. One employee claimed he found a toy monkey hanging from a noose inside his locker, which had also been defaced with threats alluding to the KKK. Employees were frequently likened to slaves, and the company threatened one with a whipping.

Super Steel investigated the locker incident and offered a $25,000 reward to find the perpetrator. The company also fired eight workers for violating harassment policies. 

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