Former Steeler reaches agreement with The Meadows over racial discrimination lawsuit
A former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker has settled his federal racial discrimination lawsuit against The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington County.
Lawyers for Michael L. Merriweather, 53, of Stockton, Calif., and the Meadows filed a motion Wednesday to dismiss the lawsuit. The motion doesn't provide any details.
Emily Town, a lawyer for Merriweather, and Tom Meinert, spokesman for The Meadows, declined to discuss the agreement.
“The matter has been resolved, and we can't discuss it further,” they said in a joint statement.
The Meadows never filed an answer in court to Merriweather's claims, and Meinert declined further comment Thursday.
Merriweather, who is black, claimed that after the company hired him as director of sports marketing in April 2011 that other executives, all of whom are white, excluded him from meetings and undermined his commissions. The company fired him in January 2012 instead of disciplining the employees who were harassing him, the lawsuit said.
The outside linebacker played for the Steelers from 1982 to 1988. During that time, he went to the Pro Bowl three times and was the team's Most Valuable Player in 1987.
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