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AK Steel pays $600,000 to settle racism charge February 4, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in African Americans, African-American, AK Steel, AK Steel racism, anti-black, Black, Blacks, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, KKK, Ku Klux Klan, Nazi graffiti, racial slurs, Racism, Racist.

By Anya Sostek, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

AK Steel will pay several black employees a total of $600,000 to settle charges of condoning racist threats and displays at its plant in Butler.

The “hostile work environment” in the Butler facility included nooses, Nazi graffiti, racial slurs and Ku Klux Klan videos, according to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

A spokesman for AK Steel said the actions violated long-standing harassment policies, and denied that the company looked the other way. “In the interest of judicial expediency, we agreed to the settlement, although we deny the allegations,” said Alan McCoy. “The alleged behaviors were not condoned.”

Gerald Patterson, a black employee of AK Steel, died after filing the initial complaint with the EEOC against the company in 2003. The $600,000 will be split among his estate and seven other black workers at the plant.

In a statement, U.S. EEOC Regional Attorney Jacqueline McNair called the alleged violations at AK Steel “some of the most severe misconduct this office has ever seen.”

Workers at the Butler facility will be given annual training on anti-discrimination policies.

AK Steel, a Fortune 500 company manufacturing flat-rolled carbon steel and stainless and electrical steel products, is based in Middletown, Ohio.

CARD {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: post-gazette.com

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