6 workers settle complaints over racial threats, slurs at Daimler's Portland plant for $2.4M

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Daimler Trucks North America has settled discrimination complaints filed by six workers at its Portland plant by agreeing to pay $2.4 million.

The complaints against the subsidiary of German automotive giant Daimler AG included an allegation that an employee threatened a black worker with a noose and said he'd drag the man behind a truck.

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Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian announced the settlement on Thursday. The complaints had been filed with his office.

Avakian said the $2.4 million includes attorney fees for the six workers and a fund to deal with future complaints.

Daimler said in a statement it had cooperated with Avakian's investigation and is committed to diversity.

Daimler Trucks North America employs more than 20,000 employees in North America.