A settlement has been reached in a racial discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed against Founders Brewing Co. concerning the brewery’s Detroit taproom’s general manager.
According to Founders, the lawsuit has been dismissed after the brewery and Tracy Evans reached an undisclosed agreement. That lawsuit was filed last year by Evans, a fired events and promotions manager, who alleged that Founders tolerated “a racist internal corporate culture” and that a number of employees used racial slurs in conversations.
“Craft beer is about coming together and celebrating our differences and no dollar amount should make a company want to forget that, said Evans in a press released posted on Founders’ website. “A company is nothing without its workers and you deserve to be valued as such and there should be a clear line of what those goals are. As there are still people working for Founders that I still love very dearly, I hope for nothing but the best for Founders in the future. I will also be moving on and continuing this fight around the world as the issues that I experienced at Founders are not just a Founders issue, they happen everywhere and I vow to continue to be a vessel to help both employers and employees become better at acknowledging, understanding and dealing with them.”
“Significantly, we are committed to moving the cause of diversity and inclusion forward for Founders,” added Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers, co-founders at Founders. “We want every employee to feel valued, respected and safe. We abhor discriminatory action of any type and believe that beer should bring people together and not divide.”
Backlash from the lawsuit resulted in Founders closing its Detroit taproom on Oct. 25 as well as the cancelation of the brewery’s 2019 Canadian Breakfast Stout bottle pickup and tapping party, which was planned the Detroit location on Nov. 1.
According to Founders, terms of the settlement will not be disclosed as part of the agreement that was made.