Williams County Sausage, a producer of pork sausage products located in Union City, Tenn., has agreed to pay $60,000 to settle a wage discrimination and racial harassment lawsuit filed by the EEOC.
The EEOC charged that Williams Country Sausage paid an African-American maintenance worker less than white workers, and also allowed a supervisor to regularly use racially offensive language toward the employee because of racial animus, creating a hostile work environment.
In addition to the payment of $60,000, the consent decree enjoins Williams Country Sausage from further discriminating against employees on the basis of race. It requires annual training on employee rights under Title VII and requires Williams Country Sausage to maintain records of racial harassment and to provide annual reports to the EEOC. The decree also requires Williams Country Sausage to establish and enforce a written policy that will ensure that employees are protected from discrimination and post a notice to all employees about the lawsuit.