Bauer Built settles racial harassment suit
ST. PAUL, Minn. (May 30, 2002) — Retreader and commercial dealership Bauer Built Inc. has paid $193,000 to settle an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) lawsuit brought by a former employee who claimed racial harassment.
Albert Daniels, 39, a black tire changer at Bauer Built's St. Paul operation, said that in July 1999 he was harassed by a supervisor and co-workers who hung a noose in an office and tried to put it over his head. He left the company the following month and has since worked only odd jobs.
Contacted at his company's headquarters in Durand, Wis., President Jerry Bauer declined comment on the incident and the settlement, except to say that the settlement was made in April 2002 and confirmed by the EEOC in May.