• LinkedIn
  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google+

Lukewarm response to racism leads to walkout

by on
in Leaders & Managers,Management Training

Eighteen workers filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) against retail hardware supplier Crown Bolt in August to protest racist graffiti in the Carlisle warehouse where they worked.

One morning, the words “Kill the Mexicans, kill the Iraqs [sic], kill the Muslims” appeared on the men’s room wall. When Mohamed Elharragui complained, his manager allegedly said, “Stupid people,” and had the words covered over with marker scribbles. The next day, Elharragui told the Harrisburg Patriot News, someone wrote racist remarks aimed at Allah. Once again, the words were scribbled over, but nothing further was done.

Elharragui, a U.S. citizen who immigrated to the United States eight years ago from Morocco, walked off the job in protest. Seventeen workers, many of whom were immigrants from Somalia and Sudan, joined him. They complained to the Council on American Islamic Relations and the Somali Community of Central Pennsylvania, which took the case to the PHRC.

Their complaint alleges that they have been harassed and denied benefits on the basis of their ancestry and religion. The workers say management should have condemned the graffiti in staff meetings and issued warnings to prevent further racist acts.

Ten of the workers returned to work after Crown Bolt issued an apology. Elharragui, who said the graffiti made him fearful for his life, is looking for a more decisive solution.

Like what you've read? ...Republish it and share great business tips!

Attention: Readers, Publishers, Editors, Bloggers, Media, Webmasters and more...

We believe great content should be read and passed around. After all, knowledge IS power. And good business can become great with the right information at their fingertips. If you'd like to share any of the insightful articles on BusinessManagementDaily.com, you may republish or syndicate it without charge.

The only thing we ask is that you keep the article exactly as it was written and formatted. You also need to include an attribution statement and link to the article.

" This information is proudly provided by Business Management Daily.com: http://www.businessmanagementdaily.com/6770/lukewarm-response-to-racism-leads-to-walkout "

Leave a Comment