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In August 2014, a Thomasville mattress company agreed to pay a total of $42,000 to two former black workers to settle an EEOC complaint alleging they had been illegally fired. The complaint claimed that they had complained to the company about racist comments containing the “N-word” made by a white employee between June and August 2012, but the harassment continued. The three-year settlement includes the company`s agreement not to allow or maintain a hostile work environment based on race, not to discriminate against or avenge employees for resisting illegal practices, posting procedures to report discrimination and harassment, submitting a report to the EEOC on internal complaints of discrimination and harassment, and the provision of a neutral letter of reference, which shows that one of the employees concerned has left his or her employment because he or she has been dismissed. EEOC v. Carolina Mattress Guild Inc., No. 1:13-cv-00706 (Consent Order M.D.N.C entered August 1, 2014). In September 2015, Cabela`s Inc., an outdoor recreational merchandiser based in Sidney, Nebraska, with 60 retail stores in 33 states, agreed to take nationwide action to increase the diversity of its workforce to address EEOC`s allegations that the company discriminated in recruiting and hiring minorities. The settlement agreement resolves the indictment of an EEOC commissioner against the company. Under the terms of the agreement, Cabela`s is required to appoint a director of diversity and inclusion who will report directly to the company`s chief administrative officer and set hiring targets to achieve parity in hiring rates for white and minority candidates. The agreement also commits Cabela`s to make equal employment opportunity compliance a part of the performance evaluation of managers and supervisors, to update its EEO policies, and to provide annual training on EEO topics to all employees.

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