Ford Agrees to pay $10 Million in EEOC case out of Chicago plant

Ford Motor has agreed to pay $10.125 million dollars to resolve a United State Equal Employment Opportunity Commission[EEOC] case alleging sexual and racial harassment of of female African American workers at the Chicago Assembly Plan and Chicago Stamping Plant. The EEOC also alleged that Ford had retaliated against those workers who complained about the harassment or discrimination.

Juliann Bowman, the Chicago EEOC District Director said in a statement that “Ford Motor Company has worked with the EEOC to address complaints of harassment and discrimination at these two facilities and to implement policies and procedures that will effectively prevent future harassment or provide prompt action when harassment complaints arise.”

Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said Ford settled the matter to “…avoid an extended dispute.”

The money will be paid to Ford employees found eligible for funds under a claims process the parties established.