The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a federal lawsuit against the Sara Lee Corp. division in Sioux Falls, S.D., accusing the food company of not promoting three black employees because of race.

Since at least 2003, James Meier, Rickey Johnson and George Clark Jr. applied for foreman positions but were denied the opportunity to move up, according to the civil complaint filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Sioux Falls.