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A lawsuit accusing a California-based company of subjecting black employees to racism and discrimination while they worked in western North Dakota was settled earlier this year.

The federal lawsuit against KS Industries, an engineering, fabrication and construction company, was brought in early 2018. It alleged the workers were called racist names by white supervisors and coworkers and were required to perform more dangerous work instead of non-black employees, among other claims.

The six plaintiffs were residents of other states but worked at a Tioga, N.D., construction site.

The company denied the allegations.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a determination in May 2017 that said there is "reasonable cause to believe the charging party" faced discrimination.

The two sides notified the court of a settlement in February and the case was dismissed in March. Public court documents don't detail terms of the settlement.

Attorneys for the company and the workers didn't immediately return a message Tuesday morning, June 11. A KSI official declined to comment.

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