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Supreme Northwest Settles National EEOC Discrimnation Lawsuit

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A national discrimination lawsuit brought against Supreme Corporation and Northwest LLC, by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), has reached a settlement.

The EEOC had charged the Indiana-based automotive manufacturer harassed and subjected seven employees at its Woodburn, Ore., facility to disparate treatment (demotion, discriminatory termination, and/or involuntary resignation) by the plant manager because of their national original, Hispanic/Mexican.

The EEOC’s suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Supreme Corporation and Supreme Northwest LLC, CV 07-1047 MO).

The alleged conduct is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC filed a lawsuit after failing to reach a voluntary settlement with the company.

The settlment terms include: Supreme Northwest agreeing to pay $427,000; review its discrimination, harassment and retaliation policies, train its managers, employees and supervisors about harassment, discrimination and other such relief.