Brockton (CBS) — Brockton-based White’s Bakery will pay up to $95,000 in fines and compensation after allegations that a mixed-race employee was “repeatedly subjected” to racial slurs on the job, eventually forcing him to resign.
Attorney General Maura Healey’s office announced the settlement on Thursday. The bakery will review its anti-discrimination policies and will require anti-bias training for employees.
Healy’s office has filed a lawsuit alleging White’s Bakery created a “racially hostile work environment”. a ; The permanent supervisor was accused of using insults in front of subordinate employees.
According to the complaint, one of the victims worked at White’s Bakery for four months in 2018. The management allegedly knew the supervisor used racial insults, but took no action.
“Workers must be able to do their jobs in a safe and harassment-free environment,” Healy said in a statement. “Employers need to make sure they have the right training, policies, and accountability to make sure things like this don’t happen in their workplace.”
After the settlement, White Bakery will pay the victim $65,000 and $30,000 to the state. Of that amount, $15,000 will be held pending compliance with the agreement.
“Discrimination should not be tolerated anywhere,” said Phyllis Ellis, president of the Brockton Area Chapter of the NAACP. “White Bakery and its management were responsible for creating a racially unacceptable and hostile work environment. I had hoped this lawsuit would bring about a change of policy at White’s Bakery, and I believe it has.”