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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Union officials say race-based discrimination claims have been filed against Kellogg, whose workers have been ordered back to work after a nine-month lockout from the company's Memphis facility.

According to The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/1qtXX2E ), Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers' Local 252G President Kevin Bradshaw said Thursday the workers locked out of the Kellogg cereal facility are predominantly black and the company dealt with them differently than workers at a sister plant.

Kellogg spokesman Kris Charles denies that race or "any other impermissible characteristic" played a factor in the work stoppage.

More than 200 workers were locked out Oct. 21 after contract negotiations broke down. The company brought in replacement workers.

A federal judge Wednesday ordered Kellogg to put them back to work and negotiate with the union.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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