Distributor resolves Iowa discrimination lawsuit

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A national food distributor has resolved a race discrimination lawsuit involving graffiti at its Mason City warehouse.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Wednesday that a federal magistrate judge entered a consent decree Monday resolving their suit against Meadowbrook Meat Company, Inc.

The EEOC claimed in a 2012 lawsuit that Meadowbrook failed for months in 2011 to remove racist graffiti in a men’s restroom that included a swastika and references to the Ku Klux Klan, despite complaints from an African-American employee.

The consent decree means the North Carolina-based Meadowbrook 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.

A message left for the company was not immediately returned Wednesday.

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