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Afghan-Americans settle suit with dealer

February 16. 2013 2:17PM
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FREMONT, Calif. — A North California Toyota dealership has agreed to pay $400,000 to five former Afghan-American employees who say a manager called them terrorists and threatened them.

The Fremont Argus reported that Fremont Toyota's former general manager allegedly called four salesmen names and threatened to blow them up with a grenade in a 2007 staff meeting.

A spokesman for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says the salesmen resigned after facing harassment for reporting the abuse and a manager was fired for also complaining.

The general manager has since left the dealership.

As part of the settlement, the EEOC says Fremont Toyota has also agreed to train its managers about discrimination and will report to the commission for three years.

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