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Phoenix firm to pay ex-worker $54K for racial harassment

(Facebook Photo/Arizona Discount Movers)

PHOENIX (AP) – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says a Phoenix moving company must pay $54,000 and issue a written apology to an African American former employee subjected to racial harassment at work.

The federal agency said Tuesday its lawsuit against Arizona Discount Movers was resolved by a consent decree and signed by a U.S. district judge.

A woman who answered the phone at the company Tuesday said the firm’s attorney advised employees not to comment.

The agency’s lawsuit says the company allowed the employee to be subjected to racial harassment so egregious he felt compelled to quit.

It says a supervisor aimed racist comments and threatening gestures at the worker, such as placing on his desk a statue of a jockey with a whip in its hand tied to a noose.

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