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Louisiana-Pacific Goes to Trial in Ex-Workers’ Race Bias Suit

Oct. 3, 2022, 8:00 PM

Louisiana-Pacific Corp. is headed to trial where a jury will decide whether race was a factor in two employees’ termination, an Alabama federal judge ruled, but the building materials manufacturer defeated a third worker’s claim.

There are disputed facts regarding whether race was a motivating factor in the manager’s termination decision, so John Hudson and Elbert Wright’s claims should proceed to trial, the US District Court for the Southern District of Alabama ruled Sept. 30.

Hudson and Wright worked in Louisiana-Pacific’s Clarke County, Ala. facility. In 2019, both were fired after purportedly being found sleeping in their forklifts. They denied ...