USA: African-American employees sue UPS for allowing racial discrimination at work

Author: Mallory Simon & Sara Sidner, CNN, Published on: 19 March 2019

"Black workers in Ohio accuse UPS of allowing hate at work," 13 March 2019

Nineteen UPS workers are suing the parcel distributor, saying they suffered repeated racial discrimination and the company did nothing to stop it... The workers claim nooses were hung above the workstation of an African-American employee, that a monkey doll dressed as a UPS employee was placed near others and the N-word was frequently used... "UPS promptly investigated and took swift disciplinary action against those found to have engaged in inappropriate actions, including the discharge of two employees," UPS Director of Corporate Media Relations Glenn Zaccara told CNN... Zaccara said that since then, the company has participated in "remedial actions" in cooperation with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission to ensure employees are trained... "The company has strict policies against harassment and discrimination."

... The workers also accuse the company of denying black workers opportunities within the company on the basis of their race... [L]awyers for the workers say in the complaint, "African-American employees come to work each day not knowing whether a racist comment or conduct will confront them, being concerned that smirking or laughing white employees are ridiculing them because of their race, and walking on eggshells to avoid triggering a problem."

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