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Tyson Foods settles discrimination suit

November 13, 2006
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Tyson Foods Inc., recently said it reached a nearly $1 million settlement with a group of current and former workers who filed a racial discrimination lawsuit involving actions at the company''s Ashland poultry plant, the Associated Press reports. The agreement resolves complaints filed in federal court in August 2005 by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and 13 African American workers who alleged racial discrimination at the plant. According to the settlement, Tyson denies violating any laws, but will designate a corporate human resources executive to ensure all Ashland employees are trained on Tyson''s anti-discrimination policies, and to handle the company''s response to any discrimination or harassment complaints. The company also will pay $871,000 collectively to the 13 workers. The complaints included claims a maintenance shop restroom was locked and accessible to only a few white workers in July and August of 2003 and that a "whites only" sign was briefly posted on the restroom door. The Ashland plant is a chicken processing facility that employs about 300 people.

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