Oil company to pay $250,000 fine in federal discrimination and retaliation case

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A Williston-based oil field service company will pay $250,000 to settle a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit.

The complaint was filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The lawsuit stated that a white manager for American Casing & Equipment harassed a worker of Filipino heritage. The worker said the manager directed racial slurs at him and on one occasion urinated on the man's leg.

The EEOC said the harassment occurred from November 2012 to January 2014 and that a supervisor made no attempt to stop it. The agency said the worker was fired when he complained to the company's safety manager.

Under the settlement in federal court, American Casing and Equipment will pay $250,000 to the man and the company will train all employees on the federal law prohibiting racial discrimination and retaliation.