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EEOC Files Lawsuit Against Woodworking Company

Oct 7, 2004 | AP

A federal lawsuit has been filed against a Salt Lake City custom woodworking company on behalf of a Hispanic employee, who claims he was repeated subjected to racial slurs.

The U-S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit last week against Granite Mill and Fixture Company on behalf of former 30-year employee Ralph Ruiz.

The lawsuit accuses Granite Mill managers of ignoring the discrimination in violation of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Commission attorney Mary Jo O'Neill says an investigation revealed that Ruiz's supervisor "merely laughed" when Ruiz complained of the comments.

She also says a company vice president failed to take action when informed of the alleged hostile work place.

Granite Mill owner Gary Sandberg says before he saw the lawsuit, he was unaware of any complaints lodged by Ruiz.

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