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Xerxes Escapes Liability For 'Outrageous' Racism

Law360 (April 26, 2011, 10:18 PM EDT) -- Xerxes Corp. is not liable for years of racist incidents, including threats, that took place at its Maryland fiberglass tank factory, because the company had a vigorous anti-harassment policy, the Fourth Circuit ruled Tuesday.

Black workers at Xerxes' facility faced treatment that was “not just ugly, but outrageous,” in one judge's words, but the company's response — involving the plant manager, disciplining offenders and calling the police when death threats were made — was strong enough to shield it from liability, a three-judge Fourth Circuit panel...
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