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)
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