Race discrimination claims continue to grab headlines. In its article entitled Industrial Services Firm Faces Bias Suit, the Wall Street Journal recently reported that “[n]early 250 workers sued Turner Industries Group of Baton Rouge on Sunday, alleging racial discrimination in hiring, pay, promotions and on-the-job treatment.”
The allegations in the complaint, which numbers more than 300 pages, are especially egregious:
Robinson and his similarly situated Black co-workers have been and continue to be subjected to racially offensive graffiti displayed at Turner job sites. For example, he has seen “Nigger hang from a tree,” and “fuck you niggers, go back to Africa.” He has also seen a noose and several confederate flags hung in the bays at Turner.
Jeffery and his similarly situated Black co-workers have been subjected to racial graffiti and depictions throughout Turner facilities and job sites. The bathrooms were constantly covered in offensive comments such as, “Niggers don’t belong here,” and he has seen drawings of White people wearing KKK hats.
Jones and his similarly situated Black co-workers have been subjected to a racially hostile atmosphere at Turner’s facilities. For example, White workers would leave notes on his truck calling him “nigger” and saying, “I know you sell drugs you nigger fucker.” Jones reported these notes to management, but Turner did not do anything to stop the notes.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigated similar complaints of racial harassment at Turner Industries. In early 2010, the EEOC found that numerous instances of racial harassment occurred at the company’s Paris, Texas plant — which included the use of racial epithets and symbols of discrimination. The Dallas Morning News reported the EEOC’s findings in its article entitled,
EEOC: Black workers harassed at pipe factory in East Texas.
If you’re the victim of race discrimination and harassment, its important to act quickly to preserve your rights and hopefully put an end to the hostile work environment. Please contact us to learn more about this process and about our Firm’s special focus in this area.