$4 Million Pay Out Brings to Close Racial Harassment Suit Against Sara Lee Successor

As 2015 draws to a close, a shocking tale of alleged race discrimination at a Sara Lee plant in Paris, Texas is a reminder that we’ve a long way to go to improve race relations in the workplace.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced on Tuesday that Hillshire Brands Company, former known as the Sara Lee Corporation, agreed to pay $4 million to 74 African American former employees who endured a hostile work environment at the Paris, Texas plant.

According to the EEOC, these employees were subjected to racial graffiti on bathroom and locker room walls.

During work hours, the employees also were berated with racial slurs by managers and white co-workers, all the while management ignored the employees’ complaints about the harassment.

The misconduct continued at the facility until it closed in 2011, the EEOC charged.

Read more about the settlement.

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