SIOUX FALLS — The case of a Mitchell woman who alleged she was the victim of racial and retaliatory discrimination while employed by Graphic Packaging International LLC was dismissed May 4 based on agreement by both parties.
Gwendolyn Moore originally filed a lawsuit against Graphic Packaging International in July 2019 with a complaint stating she had been treated differently from her white coworkers because she is Asian and that her June 2017 firing was retaliation for pushing back on that treatment.
In her complaint, Moore requested a jury trial and damages of more than $75,000. According to the complaint, someone used Moore's identification number to call Graphic Packaging International's human resources hotline and complain about a coworker's performance in December of 2016. Moore alleged she was confronted by her supervisor about the complaint and beginning the following month, negative performance reviews warnings and other incidents exemplified ways in which Moore felt she was being treated differently than other employees.
In June of 2017, Moore was fired for allegedly pushing another employee, which she denied doing.
U.S. District Court Judge Karen E. Schreier entered a judgment of dismissal with prejudice, barring the case from being reopened. Court documents do not indicate if an out-of-court settlement agreement was reached by Moore and Graphic Packaging International.