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Apr 4, 2018

Worker at BMW plant killed immediately by head injuries

GREER (AP) Authorities say a contract worker at BMW’s South Carolina factory was killed immediately from massive head injuries in the plant’s paint shop. Batesville Fire Chief Phill Jolley said there was no life-saving measures that could be done for 45-year-old Bojan Sprah after the March 28 incident. Jolley said that Sprah was trapped in […]

Jun 26, 2017

BMW announces $600M expansion as it celebrates 25 years

BMW said Monday it will invest an additional $600 million to expand its South Carolina plant, creating 1,000 new jobs over the next four years. CEO Harald Krueger’s announcement coincided with the German automaker’s celebration of 25 years of manufacturing in the state. BMW, which has already invested $7 billion in South Carolina, also unveiled […]

Sep 9, 2015

BMW agrees to pay $1.6 million in racial discrimination suit

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — BMW has agreed to pay $1.6 million and provide job opportunities for dozens of former black employees who were victims of racial discrimination involving criminal background checks, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Tuesday. The federal agency said BMW Manufacturing Co. in Greer agreed to settle the lawsuit, filed in […]

Dec 23, 2014

Show me yours

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission apparently prefers one-way streets to two-way communications. In a federal lawsuit over discriminatory hiring practices, the EEOC demanded that BMW hand over its internal policy on criminal background checks for job applicants. BMW obliged, but when the company asked to see the EEOC’s policy the agency balked. “Why does the […]

Mar 28, 2014

BMW plans $1 billion expansion in South Carolina

BMW is celebrating its 20th anniversary of building cars in the United States by investing $1 billion in its plant in South Carolina to build two of its new X-series vehicles at the facility that ushered in a wave of foreign automakers building Southern plants.

Jun 21, 2013

EEOC background check lawsuits are wake-up call for employers

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s lawsuits against two companies alleging unlawful and discriminatory use of criminal background checks in their hiring policies should serve as a reminder to employers to tread carefully.

Jun 11, 2013

EEOC sues BMW for discrimination at SC plant

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed lawsuits Tuesday against discount retailer Dollar General Corp. and a BMW manufacturing plant in South Carolina over their use of criminal background checks to screen out job applicants or fire employees.

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