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EEOC settles precedent-setting sexual orientation discrimination case in Baltimore

EEOC settles precedent-setting sexual orientation discrimination case in Baltimore

In a landmark discrimination case, a packaging manufacturer will pay $202,200 to settle allegations that a lesbian employee was harassed because of her sexual orientation and fired from the Baltimore facility where she worked after reporting the behavior.

Pallet Companies, which does business as IFCO Systems, will pay $182,200 to the employee, Yolanda Boone, and donate $20,000 to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's workplace equality program to settle the discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

In a statement following the settlement, IFCO denied any wrongdoing and said it is pleased with the outcome of the case.

"The...

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