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Noose, slurs lead women to sue for discrimination

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Two former employees of Trey Industries are suing the commercial construction company, claiming they were fired after complaining about racism they experienced while working at a Marathon Oil facility in Texas City.

Laperisa Locket and Rochelle Johnson, who are both black, were employed as helpers to ironworker Joe Luce during the summer of 2007. The two women claim Luce used racial epithets to address them, generally disdained blacks, labeled Locket as lazy and threatened Johnson with violence by hanging a rope around a doll’s neck.

Locket and Johnson claim that when Luce learned about their complaints to upper management, he escalated his attacks against them. He also allegedly replaced Locket with a white employee and later fired both Locket and Johnson.

The women allege that the privately owned Trey Industries took no action to stop the racist behavior.

They’re suing for lost wages, emotional pain, mental anguish, suffering, inconvenience and loss of enjoyment of life.

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