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Auto maker sued for racial intimidation

A large U.S. auto maker that sells models in California and in many other parts of the world is being sued in federal court for acts of racism at its transmission plant. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio by nine former workers who allege that they were wrongfully terminated and ignored when bringing up civil rights violations. They said that they were repeatedly harassed by their white co-workers throughout their employment at the plant.

One major allegation in the lawsuit was the display of nooses in the plant over a three-month period. The auto maker suspended one employee spotted throwing a noose at a black worker but did nothing more according to the plaintiffs. The workers also allege many other racist activities, including wearing Nazi regalia, using slurs and putting "whites only" signs outside of bathrooms. Plaintiffs claim they have photographic evidence of many of these actions.

The U.S. auto maker has denied the plaintiffs' claims in this lawsuit but has stated that it does not tolerate racial discrimination. In a statement to the press, they stated that they treat every report of racism within its workforce with sensitivity and urgency. As of January 2019, the case is pending a jury trial.

Victims of racial discrimination at the workplace may want to speak with an attorney who practices employment law. In many of these cases, the employer may be liable for the damages suffered by victims, including lost wages and pain and suffering. When multiple employees are affected by these actions, they may want to pool their resources together and file a class-action lawsuit.

Source: Car And Driver, "General Motors Sued over Claims of Racial Intimidation inside Ohio Plant", Clifford Atiyeh, 01/18/2019

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