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Bias Complaints At Daimler Portland Plant Settled For $2.4M


Daimler Trucks has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle civil rights complaints at its Portland Truck manufacturing plant.

The workers who filed complaints were Native American, black, and gay men. They alleged ongoing and severe harassment took place at the plant through 2013.  One worker reported he was accused of having AIDS and hit with a hammer. Another said a coworker confronted him after work with a noose and threatened to hogtie him and drag him behind a truck.  

In addition to the payout, Daimler has agreed to train its supervisors and set up an outside complaint hotline.

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries investigated the complaints and is also a party to the settlement.

“The bureau of labor and industries will be managing this and supervising Daimler over the next thee years to ensure these kind of things don’t happen again,” said Brad Avakian, the agency’s director.

Each worker received between $75,000 and $1 million for the economic losses and harm he suffered. Five more workers did not agree to the settlement, and said they will pursue their claims in civil court.

In an emailed statement, Daimler Trucks North America said it prohibits discrimination in recruitment, hiring and any personnel activities, and said it would not tolerate retaliation against workers who report discrimination and harassment.

“DTNA assumes that any employee allegation of discrimination or harassment is made in good faith and will investigate and respond accordingly,” the company said.

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