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Well-known company faces discrimination lawsuit

Many of our Colorado readers are likely to be familiar with the John Deere brand. It is a company that produces thousands of tractors and other farming equipment used throughout the country. The company's reliability is almost without question. However, a recent employment discrimination lawsuit filed by an employee could lead to many viewing the company in a new light.

The lawsuit, filed last month, comes from a black female employee of Deere & Co. who alleges that she was the victim of racial discrimination. The employee stated that co-workers would use racial slurs against her, and, even more disturbing, she alleges that she found a doll with its face painted black hanging outside of her home with a threatening note.

This employee has worked for Deere & Co. for approximately two years. Her lawsuit also alleges that other black employees of the company have been victims of similar types of discrimination. According to one report, a spokesman for Deere & Co. said that the company does not tolerate any form of discrimination against their employees, but that they could not comment specifically on pending litigation.

Employees in Colorado and throughout the nation are protected from discrimination by both federal and state laws. In Colorado, an employee or potential employee who believes they have been discriminated against must contact either the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Colorado Civil Rights Division within 300 days of the alleged discriminatory acts. This is the first step in the process towards holding an employer who engages in discriminatory practices responsible for their actions. In addition, it is often best to work with an attorney who has experience with employment law issues.

Source: Yahoo! News, "Iowa woman sues Deere alleging race discrimination," David Pitt, Oct. 31, 2012

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