According to the Victorville Daily Press, an African American man has filed a harassment and discrimination lawsuit against a furniture manufacturer after he claims he found a doll made to look like him hanging from a noose at work.
The newspaper reported that the lawsuit was filed in August at the San Bernardino County Superior Court. The man, who worked at the United Furniture Industries factory, said that he endured racially motivated harassment while employed by the company. He said that he was the only black person working in his division and that most of his coworkers were Hispanic.
On July 17, the man alleges that the harassment reached a climax when he found a “black dummy hanging from a rafter with a noose around its neck.” The Daily Press has pictures of the doll the man alleges was placed in his workstation, which are disturbing.
“I was shocked,” the man told the Daily Press. “I couldn’t move … It was just horrible. I can’t understand it. I’m a hard worker.” United Furniture declined to comment about the case.
The man claims that after he went to his supervisors to report the incident, he was told something to the effect that it was “just a joke.” He said that after reporting the incident to supervisors he was met with “hostile glares” and “nasty comments” from his coworkers.
He eventually quit his job out of fear that someone might “attack” him.
Do You Work in a Hostile Work Environment?
This is a truly disturbing case. If you are experiencing racial harassment or discrimination at work, your employer may be promoting a hostile work environment, which is illegal. Constant harassment at work can lead to depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, sleep problems and many other harmful reactions.
Forms of racial discrimination or harassment at work are illegal in California. If your employer has violated the law by promoting or allowing a hostile work environment, you may be entitled to damages including back pay.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles employment attorneys
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