Whirlpool drops appeal in Tenn. harassment case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says Whirlpool Corp. has agreed to drop its appeal of a $1 million judgment for failing to stop racial and sexual harassment at a Middle Tennessee plant.

The commission had sued Whirlpool in 2006 on grounds the company did nothing to halt a white male worker from harassing a black female co-worker at a plant in La Vergne because of her race and sex. The commission said the man assaulted the woman, causing serious permanent injuries.

At trial, a federal judge in Nashville awarded the employee $1 million in 2009. Whirlpool appealed in 2011.

At the trial, the court heard evidence that the employee repeatedly reported offensive verbal conduct and gestures by the co-worker to Whirlpool management.

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