Case in point: An African-American employee complained about racist graffiti in the restroom, so his employer painted over it. But the graffiti reappeared, this time with a death threat that included the employee's name. He complained again. His supervisor shrugged off the second complaint, allegedly saying: "I got it off once. What do you want me to do, tear the wall down?" The graffiti stayed for five months until the employee resigned. He sued, and a federal court let the case go to trial, saying the manager's reaction was sorely lacking. (Reedy v. Quebecor Printing Eagle, Inc., No. 02-3637, 8th Cir., 2004)
- Court gives green light to arbitration; but proceed with caution
- Could someone who doesn't work here possibly sue us for discrimination?
- Race bias lawsuits alive and well
- Feel free to let the punishment fit the 'crime' when disciplining for off-duty conduct
- No beards, turbans in Lexus' 'Pursuit of Perfection'