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Trucking firm pays $630,000 in discrimination suit

The Los Angeles lawsuit says managers at Scully, which is now SDS Fontana Holdings, frequently used racial epithets.

The Associated Press

9/26/2012

FONTANA, Calif. — 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.

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

The $630,000 settlement was announced Tuesday.

Kevin Jones of The Trucker staff can be reached for comment at kevinj@thetrucker.com.

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