Public Hearing Summaries Note: Click on the case title to download the case PDF. Claude Blake vs. Sumitomo Metal Mining Pogo, LLC Date of Decision: June 21, 2016 Basis: Race, Age Resolution: Pre-Hearing Settlement Download decision file (pdf) Pubic hearing summary: complainant alleged that respondent discriminated against him on the basis of his race, African-American, and age, fifty-one, when it refused to hire him into a permanent full-time surface equipment operator position. Complainant also alleged that he was subjected to a hostile work environment because of his race. A hearing scheduled for November 14-16, 2016 was vacated when the parties agreed to settle the case. The parties executed a settlement agreement in which respondent agreed to pay complainant $70,000 in back pay and to provide training to its managers, supervisors, and employees on the laws prohibiting discrimination in employment. A settlement agreement was approved on June 2, 2016 in which Complainant received a settlement of $70,000. An Order Granting Motion to Dismiss was issued on June 26, 2016 closing the case upon completion of all terms of the settlement agreement.