Noble Metal Processing Settles Race Discrimination Suit

June 8, 2010
Automotive supplier to pay $190,000

A Warren, Mich., automotive supplier has agreed to pay $190,000 to settle a race discrimination and retaliation lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced June 8.

Noble Metal Processing repeatedly overlooked qualified non-white employees, including a group of black employees and a worker from Bangladesh, for promotions to the maintenance department, according to the EEOC suit. In addition, the company fired a white employee after learning of his complaints about the race discrimination.

The EEOC said it filed suit after first attempting to reach a voluntary settlement out of court. After the suit was filed, Noble, a wholly owned subsidiary of Noble International, filed for bankruptcy and closed the plant, but still made efforts to resolve the case, the agency reported.

Seven employees will share in a lump sum settlement of $190,000.

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