Iowa Woman Sues John Deere Over Race Discrimination

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

A Des Moines woman has filed a race discrimination lawsuit against her employer, Moline, Ill.-based farm equipment manufacturer Deere & Co.

Copa Burse, who is black, claims she was subjected to being yelled at and taunted by co-workers. She says racial slurs were painted on her work locker, and last year she arrived home from work to find a doll painted with a black face hanging from her garage door beneath racially motivated threats.

Burse, who is 48, has worked at Deere's Ankeny plant since September 2010.

She filed the lawsuit in Polk County District Court in Des Moines on Oct. 15.

A Deere spokesman says the company doesn't tolerate conduct that creates a discriminatory, intimidating or hostile workplace and investigates all complaints, taking appropriate action to correct problems.

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