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Auto dealer pays $400,000 to settle harassment, retaliation suit. A Fremont car dealership has agreed to pay $400,000 and implement training to settle a federal discrimination lawsuit, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced in August. The EEOC charged that Fremont Toyota's general manager singled out four Afghan- American salesmen during a staff meeting, calling them "terrorists" and threatening them with violence. After the men reported the harassment, they faced retaliation from the dealership, including additional verbal harassment and extra job scrutiny, according to a statement from the EEOC. Under terms of the court decree resolving the lawsuit, in addition to the monetary settlement, Fremont Toyota agreed to train all managers, post a notice about the suit, and report to the EEOC for a three-year period. Read More...