Because You Just Can't Have Enough Nooses And Racist Graffiti At The Workplace

Monday, December 14, 2009

I may not know much - and you can stop shaking your head in agreement now because no one likes a know it all - but I do know this - not really the work environment I'd want to be showing up to each and every day.

For black employees at Yellow Transportation's Chicago Ridge terminal, hangman's nooses and racist graffiti were part and parcel of showing up for work each day at the trucking company, a federal lawsuit alleges.
It's the second complaint filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Yellow's parent company, YRC Inc., alleging racial harassment of black employees at Southland terminals.

In its complaint filed Thursday, the EEOC said that 14 workers at the Chicago Ridge terminal, 10301 S. Harlem Ave., lodged complaints with the commission about harassment. The commission said employees had made "numerous complaints about discriminatory working conditions" to supervisors, but the company failed to take action. A spokeswoman for YRC did not respond Friday to requests seeking comment.

Aside from nooses, racist remarks and graffiti, black workers were assigned to lower-paying jobs and faced harsher discipline than their white colleagues, the EEOC alleges. The commission said it tried, unsuccessfully, to resolve the complaints with YRC before filing the lawsuit.
Let this be a lesson to all of you running businesses with racist employment practices who think they can just sweep it under the rug.

Eventually, you will get your ass sued.