Ford to Pay Millions in Harassment Settlement

2011 Ford Explorer SUV grille98806081-159532

NEW YORK – JULY 26: The front grille of the new 2011 Ford Explorer SUV is seen during the unveiling at a press event in Herald Square July 26, 2010 in New York City. The new Explorer SUV touts a sleek newly designed look that the company hopes will attract new buyers to the venerable […]

Ford has agreed to pay up to $10.1 million to settle an investigation into harassment of women and black employees at two Illinois plants.

The automaker voluntarily agreed to the payout to end a sexual and racial harassment investigation at its Chicago-area assembly and stamping plants, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Thursday.

The EEOC said it had found probable cause to prove the harassment had occurred and that Ford had retaliated against employees who complained.

Ford did not admit liability but agreed to make payouts to affected workers to “avoid an extended dispute,” both the company and the federal agency said.

Up to 1,500 Ford personnel may qualify, according to the EEOC.

The company will also have to conduct regular anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training at its Chicago facilities.

“Ford has taken its responsibilities seriously and is committed to providing its employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment,” said Julianne Bowman, the EEOC’s Chicago director.

Ford says it chose to resolve the issue “voluntarily” and is “fully committed to a zero-tolerance, harassment-free work environment at all facilities.”

“Ford conducted a thorough investigation and took appropriate action, including disciplinary action up to and including dismissal for individuals who violated the company’s anti-harassment policy,” the company said in a statement.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Local Sports

More Local Sports

National News

More National

World News

More World News

Trending Stories

Washington DC Bureau

Washington DC Bureau

Newsfeed Now

More Newsfeed Now

TLC Properties