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EEOC, moving company settle largest Utah discrimination case

Published: Monday, Sept. 30 2013 4:34 p.m. MDT

A moving and storage company will pay $450,000 in what federal regulators say is the largest settlement for a national origin discrimination case in Utah.

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SALT LAKE CITY — A moving and storage company will pay $450,000 in what federal regulators say is the largest settlement for a national origin discrimination case in Utah.

Colorado-based Mesa Systems Inc. agreed to the settlement after the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a federal lawsuit against the company.

Hispanic workers at Mesa Systems' Salt Lake warehouse were subjected to discrimination and a hostile work environment, including racist name-calling and slurs, according to the lawsuit filed in 2011. The EEOC also claimed the company's English-only policy had a disparate impact on Hispanic, Asian and Pacific Islander employees.

In addition to the payment, the company agreed to undergo training, revise its policies and rescind the language restrictions.

— Dennis Romboy

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