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Moving company to pay $450K in discrimination settlement

By Dennis Romboy, KSL | Posted - Sep 30th, 2013 @ 9:39pm



SALT LAKE CITY — A moving and storage company will pay $450,000 in what federal regulators say is the largest settlement for a national origin discrimination case in Utah.

Colorado-based Mesa Systems Inc. agreed to the settlement after the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a federal lawsuit against the company.

Hispanic workers at Mesa Systems' Salt Lake warehouse were subjected to discrimination and a hostile work environment, including racist name-calling and slurs, according to the lawsuit filed in 2011. The EEOC also claimed the company's English-only policy had a disparate impact on Hispanic, Asian and Pacific Islander employees.

In addition to the payment, the company agreed to undergo training, revise its policies and rescind the language restrictions.

Dennis Romboy, KSL

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