A supermarket has agreed to pay $40,000 to three former employees from Charlotte who accused the store of discriminating against non-Hispanic workers.
The former employees filed the complaint last year, saying they were forced out of their Compare Foods jobs in 2004 because they were not Hispanic. Two of the employees were black and one was white.
Compare Foods lawyer Phil Van Hoy says the company treated the workers fairly, arguing a company with many Hispanic customers is allowed to have employees that can communicate with them.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission attorney Lynette Barnes says Compare couldn't prove that it was a necessary job qualification to speak Spanish or relate to Hispanics.