EEOC investigates racial retaliation

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Sep 21, 2013 at 6:57 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal lawsuit alleges a production manager at a Minnesota company lost her job for standing up for a black worker.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleges in the lawsuit Izza Bending Tube and Wire of Buffalo, Minn., violated federal law by demoting and then firing Myrna Peltonen.

According to the lawsuit, Peltonen, who is white, recommended in August 2011 to owner Scott Landgraf, who is also white, that he offer a permanent job to Randall Smith. Instead, Landgraf directed Peltonen not to hire Smith and then told her to let him go.

When she refused, Peltonen was demoted. After she filed a discrimination complaint, she was laid off and then fired.

The Star Tribune reports Landgraf and his attorney did not respond to requests for comment Friday.

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