Riceland to Pay $8,500 to Settle New Madrid Complaint

NEW MADRID, MO (KAIT) - The Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR) announced this afternoon that Riceland Foods has agreed to pay $8,500 to resolve a claim that it discharged an employee at its New Madrid plant for filing a discrimination complaint.

The ex-employee alleged that a month after he filed his race discrimination claim, he took Family Medical Leave Act leave to care for his mother.  When he returned to work after three days, the company discharged him.  The company denied his allegations.

"The Human Rights Act forbids retaliation against an employee for exercising his or her right to file a complaint with the MCHR," said MCHR Director Alisa Warren.  "Without such protection, employees would be afraid to file discrimination complaints and the law wouldn't have any teeth."