In the EEOC complaint, the EEOC states the trucking company subjected black employees to a racially hostile work environment and working conditions forced many of the companies’ black employees to resign.
The racial harassment included:
- frequent use of the “N-word” by the companies’ owner; and
- some employees heard the owner make derogatory comments about African-Americans, such as comments that black people cannot read and write.
One employee alleged that he was forced to resign his employment around because he could no longer tolerate the owner’s racist comments. Another employee quit because of the owner’s racist comments.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Missouri Human Rights Act both prohibit employers from allowing a racially hostile work environment to exist in the workplace.
According to an EEOC attorney, “An owner’s use of the ‘N-word’ and other racial slurs in the workplace is of tremendous concern to the Commission because there is no one more senior in the company to whom the offended employees can complain.”
If you believe your employer is treating you unfairly because your race, you may want to speak with a labor lawyer or an attorney who has experience with race discrimination lawsuits.
If your manager is making offensive comments about race or your manager is using racial slurs in the workplace, you may want to speak with a labor lawyer or an attorney who has experience with drafting discrimination charges.
If you have reported racial discrimination and your employer has retaliated against you, you may want to speak with a labor lawyer or an attorney who has experience with discrimination lawsuits.
Before filing an EEOC charge of discrimination, you may want to contact a law firm with experience drafting EEOC complaints. An attorney with experience drafting discrimination charges may be able to help you preserve your rights.
Missouri workers can file charges of charges of discrimination with either the EEOC or the Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR).
Discrimination lawsuits often have short deadlines so you should consider contacting an attorney right away.