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Taylor Shellfish pays $160,000 to settle racial harassment suit

The company has also agreed to implement new policies. 

Taylor Shellfish will pay $160,000 (€135,664) to settle a federal racial harassment lawsuit filed by the US Equal Opportunity Commission, the federal agency announced Monday. 

According to the suit, a black maintenance mechanic at Taylor Shellfish's Samish Bay Farm "faced repeated demeaning comments about his race, including the use of the 'N word,'" and that his supervisor contributed to the harassment. 

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"When the mechanic reported this behavior to management, the supervisor retaliated against him and Taylor Shellfish simply advised him to "put his head down and do what he was told," the EEOC said. "After being wrongly accused and disciplined for insubordination, he felt he had no other choice but to quit his job."

Taylor has agreed to implement new policies, conduct extensive training for employees and management, post an anti-discrimination notice at the workplace and report compliance to the EEOC for a three-year period. 

Taylor Shellfish employs approximately 500 people along the US West Coast. 


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