PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A contractor that provides security at Facebook’s Prineville data center will pay $595,000 to settle allegations of racial discrimination by five employees.
The complaints allege that supervisors at G4S Secure Solutions reduced the hours of Hispanic workers, gave them unfavorable shifts and used racist terms to describe them, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.
Complaints also said human resources personnel did not respond to employees’ complaints. The workers will receive between $80,000 and $175,000 each.
The settlement did not include an admission of wrongdoing by G4S, which pledged to continue employee training on nondiscrimination policies as part of the settlement. G4S said it denies liability and maintains that it “promptly addressed” employees’ concerns, but seemed to acknowledge that discrimination did happen in Prinevile.
“The actions of the former supervisors are not representative of the hard-working men and women of G4S,” the company said in a written statement.