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Murex Petroleum settles EEOC charges of racial harassment

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By Marian Johns | Nov 30, 2018

CHICAGO — Murex Petroleum Corp. has settled  charges by a federal agency of failing to stop one of its employees from being subjected to racial harassment. 

Texas-based Murex reached a $50,000 settlement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to resolve a lawsuit filed by the agency alleging an Africa- American employee at its Tioga facility faced racial slurs such as "spook, "spade," "Buckwheat" as well as derogatory terms such as "n--er" from white co-workers.

"Employers must recognize the  importance of acting promptly to address complaints of racial harassment," EEOC Chicago District director Julianne Bowman said in a statement. "Racial slurs cannot be allowed to go unchecked in the workplace, and such behavior  must be stopped immediately when the employer has knowledge of such misconduct."

"The EEOC will continue to  combat racial harassment and discrimination," added EEOC Chicago District regional attorney Gregory Gochanour. "We are pleased with the company's quick action to resolve this lawsuit and make changes to address the problem of  race discrimination in the workplace."

The settlement also includes Murex revamping its harassment and discrimination complaint procedures as well as reporting any racial harassment complaints to the EEOC for three years, the agency said. 

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