A lawsuit that accused former egg producer Austin "Jack" DeCoster of discriminating workers based on age, race and national origin has been settled. The terms of the settlement were not released.

Homero Ramirez, a former egg plant manager who was born in Mexico, claimed DeCoster ordered him to hire Mexican-Americans at a Maine facility because they were willing to do dangerous and demeaning work. Ramirez also alleged DeCoster forced him to do humiliating and dangerous tasks and discouraged him from receiving medical care. Additionally, Ramirez claimed DeCoster violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and the federal Family Medical Leave Act, according to an Associated Press report.


DeCoster is no longer active in the egg industry.