Car dealership settles discrimination suit
FREMONT (AP) — A Northern California Toyota dealership has agreed to pay $400,000 to five former Afghan-American employees who say a manager called them terrorists and threatened them.
The Fremont Argus reports that Fremont Toyota's former general manager allegedly called four salesmen names and threatened to blow them up with a grenade in a 2007 staff meeting.
A spokesman for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says the Afghan-American salesmen resigned after facing harassment for reporting the abuse and a manager was fired for also complaining.
The general manager has since left the dealership. The new manager and the attorney representing Fremont Toyota declined to comment to the Fremont Argus.
As part of the settlement, the EEOC says Fremont Toyota has also agreed to train its managers about discrimination and will report to the commission for three years.
Richmond high school football player fatally shot
RICHMOND. (AP) — Police say a high school football player was shot and killed while he was walking near his home in Richmond.
Sixteen-year-old Ulyses Grijalva died at the scene Sunday night from multiple gunshot wounds. Grijalva was an offensive lineman entering his junior year at Kennedy High School in Richmond.
A friend who was standing next to Grijalva was also shot, but not seriously injured.
Richmond Police Lt. Bisa French says a man was arrested late Sunday in connection with the shooting, but investigators were still trying to determine a motive. They were also searching for a second suspect.
French says police are looking into whether the shooting was gang-related.
Grijalva's sister said her brother was not involved with a gang.
Dugard's lawyers seek sanctions against feds
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Attorneys representing Jaycee Dugard are demanding a judge sanction U.S. Department of Justice lawyers for alleged witness tampering.
In court papers filed Monday, Dugard's attorneys allege that DOJ lawyers unfairly convinced the former chair of the U.S. Parole Commission to cease serving as Dugard's expert witness in her lawsuit against the federal government.
Dugard alleges U.S. parole officials are partly to blame for her abduction and 18 years of captivity at the hands of a convicted rapist paroled after serving 11 years of a 50-year sentence.
Dugard's lawyers are seeking a verdict in their favor because of the DOJ's actions. She and her two children have already received a $20 million settlement from state of California.
Justice Department officials did not return phone calls and emails seeking comment late Tuesday.