Salisbury-based trucking firm A.C. Widenhouse faces charges it allowed racial harassment of black drivers who allege managers and co-workers frequently addressed them using racial epithets.
In one case, a white worker allegedly approached a black driver with a noose and asked him if he “wanted to hang from the family tree.” The plaintiffs also claim a general manager told a black driver that he was going coon hunting and asked if the worker would like to be the coon.
The black employees claim their complaints towent unheeded, so they went to the EEOC with their case.
Note: Employers have an obligation to provide a workplace free of harassment for everyone. Asking employees to act like adults is a reasonable request, especially considering the costly alternative.
- When the lawsuit is frivolous, employee may have to pay employer's attorneys' fees
- Consider consulting an attorney before stating why you terminated an employee
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- Promote harmony, prevent hostile environment by adding civility policy to your handbook