The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has settled a sexual and racial harassment lawsuit against U.S. Bakery Inc., which operates Franz Bakery, after a federal judge ruled that the company was responsible for sexual and racial harassment.
The commission settled its lawsuit on behalf of four women — three White and one African American — through a consent decree that gives the commission monitoring power over the local employer for three years and court enforcement if necessary. The women resolved their individual claims through separate, confidential agreements with U.S. Bakery.
Better known as Franz Bakery, the company is the largest family-owned bakery west of the Mississippi River and serves grocery, restaurant, food service and institutional customers in Oregon, Washington, Northern California and parts of Idaho, Montana and Alaska.
All of the women were in their 30s and 40s at the time of the sexual and racial harassment. Three of the women worked on the production floor of the bakery, while the fourth worked in the office.
The Department of Consumer and Business Services is adopting new administrative rules that require health insurance policies to cover the treatment of chemical dependency, mental or nervous conditions at the same level as other medical conditions.
Portland Mayor Tom Potter and Oregon State Sen. Avel Gordly, I-Portland, will lead the African American Health Coalition's Fourth Annual Wellness Within REACH Walk, Saturday, Aug. 19, at Dawson Park in North Portland.
Hundreds of Portlanders are expected to walk in celebration of the community's health and in support of the coalition's free physical activity classes program, which serves more than 1,500 Portland-area African Americans each year.
The amount paid to Oregonians filing for unemployment insurance benefits increased slightly on July 1. The maximum weekly benefit amount an individual can receive will increase to $445, while the minimum amount will be $104. Last year's range was $434 to $101.