Daimler Trucks North America settles over civil-rights allegations

The corporation’s Swan Lake facility was at the center of a $2.4M payout.

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Daimler Trucks North America had a costly week.

The company settled with African-American employees who accused coworkers at the Swan Island facility of racial intimidation and abuse, the Willamette Week reported.

One employee alleged a co-worker dangled a noose in front of him and threatened to “hogtie” him to the back of a truck and drag him behind it until he was “100 pounds lighter.”

That employee will receive $1 million in the settlement, documents show. The civil rights settlement, reported as impending in Wednesday’s Murmurs, is the largest in BOLI history.

As a part of the settlement, the company has also agreed to implement a complaint hotline for employees who feel they have been the subject of discrimination.

In other news, the Swan Island facility was the site of a fire that caused $500,000 of damage on Tuesday when a paint booth went up in flames.

KPTV reported on the incident:

Firefighters said there were no reports of injuries, but hundreds of employees were evacuated and numerous plant operations were put on hold.