After settling with six workers, Daimler sued by four African Americans for racial discrimination


Two current and two former employees seek a total of $9.5 million in damages one month after the company agreed to a record settlement for similar allegations.

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BY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

Two current, two former Daimler employees are seeking a total of $9.5 million in damages one month after the company agreed to a record settlement for similar allegations.

Daimler’s Swan Island facility remains the focal point of the harassment allegations, OregonLive.com reports.

The four workers failed to reach an agreement — brokered by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries — with the company a month ago, their atorney Mark Morrell was quoted as saying.

Daimler has 30 days to file a formal answer in Multnomah County Circuit Court. On Tuesday, the company issued a statement saying it had “fully cooperated” with the BOLI investigation but “will not comment or speculate on pending or active legal proceedings.”

Morrell said two additional workers represented by another lawyer have filed age discrimination complaints against Daimler, bringing to 12 the number of active or recently settled bias complaints.

The total number of civil rights complaints since late 2002 against Daimler is now at 30, which a state labor official said wasn’t huge considering the company’s size.

 




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