An eastern Idaho cosmetics manufacturing and research company has agreed to pay $30,000 and take other steps to resolve a federal employment discrimination case.
Idaho Falls-based Northwest Cosmetic Labs was accused by federal officials of firing a black, British intern because of her race and color.
The case was filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of an unidentified woman who was hired after a phone interview.
After reporting to work, EEOC attorneys say she was told by her supervisor that employees would be surprised to find out she was black because they knew she was British.
EEOC attorneys say the woman received little or no guidance, was given few assignments and treated different than two other white interns.
Officials say she was fired after raising concerns about unfairness and other racial comments.