A producer of pork sausage based in Obion County, Tennessee, has agreed to a settlement for a lawsuit filed against it by a former worker, The Union City Daily Messenger reports.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the former employee by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which claims the company paid the African-American maintenance worker less than his Caucasian counterparts and subjected him to a hostile work environment.
The EEOC also claim the company gave raises and higher salaries to all workers in the maintenance department besides the African-American employee. In addition, a supervisor used derogatory language in reference to the plaintiff on a regular basis without reprimand.
As part of the settlement, the company will pay $60,000 to the worker for damages and legal fees.
The case highlights the importance of ethical company practices to avoid discriminatory actions toward workers. Cases such as this can become expensive for businesses, as professional liability lawsuits may be filed and reputations can become damaged.