A national food distributor with a warehouse in Mason City has resolved a race discrimination lawsuit involving graffiti in a restroom.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Wednesday that a federal magistrate judge had entered a consent decree earlier this week that resolved the lawsuit against Meadowbrook Meat Company of North Carolina.
The EEOC claimed in the suit filed last year that the company failed for months in 2011 to remove racist graffiti in a men’s restroom that included a swastika and reference to the Ku Klux Klan, despite complaints filed by an African-American employee. The consent decree says the company will pay $15,000 in compensatory damages to three former employees who saw the graffiti.
It also means the company will repaint the restrooms and train employees on race discrimination.
By Bob Fisher, KRIB, Mason City