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$1.85M judgment while working on fishing boat

A Hispanic man, born in Los Angeles and a U.S. citizen, who worked aboard an Alaska fishing vessel has been awarded a $1.85 million settlement from his former employer after being subjected to relentless racial harassment and dangerous working conditions, his attorneys said.

Hispanic crew members were called “dirty Mexicans” and other racial epithets by the former captain and first mate who also treated Hispanic crew members differently from those who were white and made comments like, “They should all swim back to Mexico,” the judgment says.

A crew member confirmed the allegations, testifying that the captain was “racist towards the Mexican people on the boat …”, according to the judgment.

The situation was reported to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) who investigated and made an independent finding that there was a hostile work environment based on race.

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