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Posted On: July 3, 2010 by Peter M. LaSorsa

Chicago Based Silgan Containers Settles Racial Discrimination Lawsuit For $45,000

Silgan Containers Manufacturing Corporation pays $45,000 to settle a racial discrimination lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") on behalf of an African-American man who suffered discriminatory treatment that resulted in his termination. According to published documents Silgan intentionally delayed the hiring of Romardro Henderson and then firied him because of his race.

When Henderson was finally hired, his immediate supervisor subjected Henderson to disparate and discriminatory treatment such as holding him to a higher standard on his work than non-black employees. Silgan fired Henderson for racial reasons after less than one month on the job. The supervisor who subjected Henderson to the treatment is no longer working for the company. This case illustrates how one person can engage in discrimination and hold the company responsible. The company must do a better job training its' employees and management.

“This case demonstrates that racial discrimination in the American workplace is a serious and ongoing concern,” said John Rowe, EEOC district director in Chicago.

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