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Founders settles racial discrimination lawsuit

Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A settlement has been reached between Founders Brewing Co. and a former employee who sued the company for racial discrimination.

In a statement, Founders announced the lawsuit was dismissed based on the settlement Thursday. The company didn’t disclose the terms of the settlement.

A statement attributed to Founders’ co-owners says they are pleased to settle the case and focus on their future.

“Through recent discussions with Tracy, we listened, engaged in self-discovery, and reached common ground to make amends,” the statement says. “We agreed that nobody be viewed at fault here. Most importantly, this serves as an opportunity to place our full attention on the work we now have to do, as a company of more than 600 dedicated team members, to rebuild our relationships.”

The company goes on to promise improving diversity and inclusion.

“We want every employee to feel valued, respected and safe. We abhor discriminatory action of any type and believe that beer should bring people together and not divide,” the statement says.

The plaintiff in the case, Tracy Evans, also released a statement on Founders’ website.

“I am not going to say too much here but I want the world to know the power we have when we step forward and make ourselves heard. Upon hearing us, businesses also have the power to make changes or not. I don’t know what happens from here within the doors of Founders Brewing Co. I do know this; we have legal resolution and we have started looking at how ALL of this is affecting human lives. I don’t know what Dave and Mike have planned for the future, but I know that that “seeing color” and valuing people for who they are, and their collection of experiences is the mission. Learning from our mistakes is also part of the mission.  Founders as a whole made some bad choices. I, as an individual made some mistakes but on this day we look to move forward. When someone offers to change, as humans we have a few choices and I have made the choice to see what Founders does with the path that they are about to take. To those that were affected by all of this within Founders and had nothing to do with this, I apologize. To the few of those that were affected by this and you are a part of the problem, I hope you listen to what your company is about to start saying. Craft beer is about coming together and celebrating our differences and no dollar amount should make a company want to forget that. A company is nothing without its workers and you deserve to be valued as such and there should be a clear line of what those goals are. As there are still people working for Founders that I still love very dearly, I hope for nothing but the best for Founders in the future. I will also be moving on and continuing this fight around the world as the issues that I experienced at Founders are not just a Founders issue, they happen everywhere and I vow to continue to be a vessel to help both employers and employees become better at acknowledging, understanding and dealing with them.

Love you all, thanks for the support and let’s continue to stand up for what’s right.”

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  • lml25

    Sometime,somewhere,somehow–someone,some company must draw the line and not cave in to SJW frauds,who seek easy money and the elimination of due process.JUST SAY NO.If tbe media piles on–JUST SAY NO.
    It can be done.Peter Meijer did it right with his steadfast response to the bizarre “Downs Syndrome Dancers” that he opposed–but you have to have the guts to hold your ground.
    CEOs crumble quickly when faced with unproven charges of racism,which the SJWs know their media cohorts will fan into a California wildfire.Other companies,cancelling orders–prior to any proof of wrongdoing–are guilty of cowardice and failing our country’s principles:You are NOT guilty just because a minority says you “did him wrong”–or that WOOD or WZZM piles on his side.Funny,for all the screaming about racism by those stations,all the on-air anchor people are white…lol.Maybe Sterling,Shaw,Dragos and LaFave ought to be replaced by blacks–immediately.Or would that be un-American to force that kind of change?(Yes).

  • Atlas

    While you move on and continue this fight, try showing up for work a little more often so you don’t look like a turd from the hood when you sue your next employer.

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