Trucking firm pays $630K in discrimination suit

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FONTANA, Calif. (AP) – A Southern California trucking firm operating in 11 Western states is paying $630,000 to settle a racially-charged harassment and discrimination lawsuit.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a federal court lawsuit a year ago claiming black, Hispanic and East Indian truck drivers were the targets of widespread harassment, discrimination and retaliation at Fontana-based Scully Distribution Services.

Miami-based Ryder System Inc. purchased Scully last year. The Los Angeles lawsuit says managers at Scully, which is now SDS Fontana Holdings, frequently used racial epithets.

The suit also says non-white drivers were treated less favorably than white drivers and workers who complained were fired in retaliation.

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