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Taylor Shellfish to pay $160,000 to settle racial harassment case

Shelton-based Taylor Shellfish has agreed to pay $160,000 to settle a federal racial harassment lawsuit involving a black maintenance mechanic. The company will pay Jeremy Daniels $160,000 and adopt new training and policies to prevent such harassment.
Shelton-based Taylor Shellfish has agreed to pay $160,000 to settle a federal racial harassment lawsuit involving a black maintenance mechanic. The company will pay Jeremy Daniels $160,000 and adopt new training and policies to prevent such harassment. Olympian file photo

One of the nation’s largest producers of shellfish has agreed to pay $160,000 to settle a racial harassment lawsuit involving a black maintenance mechanic.

The U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission sued Taylor Shellfish last September, alleging that mechanic Jeremy Daniels faced demeaning comments and stereotypes about his race from the first week of employment at the company’s Samish Bay Farm in Washington state.

The lawsuit also claimed that his supervisor retaliated against Daniels by assigning him less desirable jobs, screaming profanities at him and writing him up for insubordination.

Taylor Shellfish, which is based in Shelton, will pay Daniels $160,000 and adopt new training and policies to prevent such harassment.

The settlement was approved in Seattle Friday by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Jones.

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