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EEOC ropes Tampa company over workplace nooses

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in Compensation and Benefits,Human Resources

WRS Compass is the latest company to face an EEOC lawsuit after failing to rein in workplace racial harassment.

The Tampa-based environmental cleanup company was sued for incidents that allegedly occurred at its Lake Calumet, Ill., plant. According to the complaint, one black worker found a noose on his steering wheel, and a white employee displayed a noose on his car. When workers complained, a white supervisor replied, “Maybe, he just likes nooses.”

According to the suit, black workers and a white worker who regularly associates with them were constantly harassed. They said they have endured a constant barrage of racial epithets and received less favorable work assignments than white employees.

The EEOC claims the company failed to address worker complaints and retaliated against at least one worker who filed the complaint.

Note: Racial harassment kills morale and productivity, and benefits no one. And when lawsuits happen, harassment costs employers big time. Stop it as soon as it starts. Better yet, take steps to prevent it.

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