Madison RV Center Inc., Huntsville, Ala., will pay $65,000 to settle a racial discrimination and retaliation lawsuit, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) said Wednesday (Sept. 10).
The Birmingham News reported that the longtime dealership also signed a 34-month consent decree that requires it to implement anti-discrimination policies, train employees and managers, and thoroughly investigate and address complaints, the EEOC said.
The EEOC suit contended that Madison RV subjected Karl T. Humphrey to racist comments and graffiti by white workers and managers over 12 months. The EEOC said the company fired Humphrey after he documented the acts.
A former white supervisor at the company complained to management about the activity, the agency said, but “no preventive, corrective or remedial action” was taken.
John Wilmer of Wilmer & Lee PA, Madison RV’s attorney, said the company believed the lawsuit was frivolous but settled because of economic reasons. The company took measures to protect Humphrey, but he “chose to leave the company,” Wilmer said.