Deal­er­ship set­tles racism com­plaint

Santa Fe New Mexican - - LOCAL & REGION -

AL­BU­QUERQUE — An Al­bu­querque car deal­er­ship has reached a set­tle­ment with a fed­eral agency over em­ployee com­plaints that claimed two man­agers re­peat­edly used racial slurs, posted racist pic­tures and made of­fen­sive jokes about Na­tive Amer­i­can and Mus­lim em­ploy­ees’ re­li­gious prac­tices.

The Al­bu­querque Jour­nal re­ported the U.S. Equal Em­ploy­ment Op­por­tu­nity Com­mis­sion an­nounced Wed­nes­day that Re­li­able Nis­san will pay $205,000 to the three em­ploy­ees who filed the com­plaints and 11 other mi­nor­ity em­ploy­ees who ex­pe­ri­enced a hos­tile work en­vi­ron­ment.

Deal­er­ship of­fi­cials say the com­plaints date back to 2011, and Re­li­able Nis­san in­ves­ti­gated and took ac­tion.

They said the com­pany has “long-stand­ing poli­cies in place that pro­hibit ha­rass­ment, dis­crim­i­na­tion and re­tal­i­a­tion in our work­place.”

The deal­er­ship has also agreed to pro­vide an­nual train­ing for two years for its em­ploy­ees and to re­view its poli­cies.

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