Squishy Boxspring: Matress Co. to Pay $175 to Settle Racial Harassment Charges Filed by EEOC

It’s going to cost a major mattress manufacturer a bundle of money to put allegations of racial harassment behind it.

That’s the word from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which charged Sealy of Minnesota with subjecting African American and Hispanic employees to a racially hostile environment.

The offensive actions included  noose, a Ku Klux Klan hood and racist epithets and jokes. Despite complaints by employees to Sealy’s senior management, the offensive conduct did not cease, the EEOC charged.

The company agreed to pay $175,000 to settle, the commission announced on Friday.

“Sealy now understands that it is not enough for an employer to have an anti-harassment policy,” said Julie Schmid, acting director of the EEOC’s Minneapolis Area Office. “An employer must have an effective policy, respond to allegations promptly, and take immediate and appropriate corrective action to end the discrimination.”


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