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Pipeline man settles racism lawsuit

GRAND FORKS (AP) -- A black man who helped build the Keystone oil pipeline that runs through eastern North Dakota has reached a confidential settlement in a racial discrimination lawsuit he filed against his employer.

Charles Adams, who lives in Illinois, was seeking more than $75,000 in damages from Henkels & McCoy Inc.

The company denied his claims that it didn't stop discrimination including racist remarks and jokes while Adams was working in the Mekinock area from June 2008 to October 2008.

Henkels & McCoy attorney Jacqueline Kalk told the Grand Forks Herald that a confidentiality clause forbids both sides from disclosing details about the settlement.