MANAGERS USED SLURS SUCH AS “N----R,” “N----A,” and “BOY.”
In early February of this year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a press release which indicated that a civil lawsuit had been filed against a Domino’s Pizza franchise based out of Olean, New York.
Apparently, African-American employees at this particular location were subjected to a “race-based hostile work environment,” where managers would refer to employees with such slurs as “n----r,” “n----a,” and “boy.” (One manager reportedly mimicked the voice of a “slave owner” as he referred to an employee as “boy.”)
And when complaints were made, management took no real action. Instead, the abuse continued, thus forcing an employee to resign.
Since such conduct was alleged to violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which prohibits race-based discrimination and harassment),the EEOC filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York (EEOC v. Parris Pizza Company, LLC f/d/b/a Domino’s Pizza, Civil Action No. 1:23-cv-00111), seeking “back pay, reinstatement, compensatory and punitive damages, and injunctive relief.”
In a written statement released by the agency, Jeffrey Burstein, regional attorney for the EEOC’s New York District Office, noted, “Racial harassment in the workplace is a crucial issue, all the more pressing in the wake of the horrific, racially motivated mass shooting in Buffalo less than a year ago …. This lawsuit sends a clear message that racial harassment of employees will not be tolerated.”Bet they slurred over that ….
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