Louisiana credit union settles alleged retaliation lawsuit

Meritus CU strongly maintains no violation occurred against former branch manager.

A Louisiana credit union, without any admission of liability, agreed to pay a former branch manager $110,000 to settle a retaliation lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission earlier this year.

In a three-year court decree settlement announced Dec. 19, EEOC’s federal lawsuit alleged Lafayette Schools Federal Credit Union, now known as the $200 million Meritus Credit Union in Lafayette, fired Connie Fields-Meaux in retaliation for her opposition to showing what she alleged was a racially offensive video during a training session.

“While Meritus continues to deny the allegations in the lawsuit, we prefer the certainty of resolution over the cost of continued legal proceedings,” Meritus CU said in a prepared statement. “The settlement is not an admission of liability, and we strongly maintain no violation has occurred. We at Meritus Credit Union value the dedicated service of our employees and we are committed to providing a positive workplace environment with equal opportunity for all.”


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