J.L. Schwieters, a construction company in Hugo, Minn., northeast of the Twin Cities, faces charges it failed to investigate and stop severe racial harassment that a supervisor allegedly directed at two black carpenters.
The men complained their boss told them he could “shoot a n****r a mile away” and threatened them with a noose fashioned from electrical wire. The carpenters claimed other supervisors witnessed the harassment and did nothing.
When they reported the incident to the company’s safety director, he allegedly failed to investigate.
They then complained to the EEOC, which has now filed suit seeking compensatory damages, punitive damages and injunctive relief.