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Chrysler to pay $60K in Milwaukee retaliation case

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal agency says Chrysler Group LLC has agreed to pay $60,000 to resolve allegations of retaliation against two female workers at a Milwaukee distribution center.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says a judge accepted the consent decree Wednesday.

According to the EEOC, a supervisor reassigned a female worker from a coveted position to a less glamorous role. The agency said when she and another female worker asked why a male employee with less seniority wasn’t given the less desirable job, the plant manager threatened to discipline them.

The EEOC says the manager delivered the warnings in closed-door meetings where he pounded on a table, raised his voice and forced them to write statements recanting their allegations.

Chrysler spokesman Mike Palese said the company has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment and discrimination.

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