SARTELL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s civil rights enforcement agency says a caregiver at an assisted-living facility near St. Cloud was subjected to racial harassment and abuse by a resident and then was fired because of her race.
The state Department of Human Rights says Jameisha Cox and the facility, Edgewood Sartell, have reached a settlement which will reimburse Cox for lost wages and damages.
Cox, who is black, says a resident directed racial slurs at her and tried to rip off her headscarf while she was providing care. The Star Tribune says Cox also alleged she was wrongfully terminated in 2018 for missing work shifts, even though she had been approved for time off.
Edgewood Sartell has denied Cox’s allegations as well as the state’s findings of discrimination.