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Nineteen former and current black UPS employees based at an Ohio distribution hub are suing their employer for allowing a culture of racism in the workplace, where white peers hung nooses and displayed a stuffed monkey dressed as a delivery driver.
The lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges UPS 'enabled, tolerated, and purposefully promoted and encouraged a culture of racism and racially discriminatory conduct to take root'.
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It alleges white co-workers not only got away with their racist stints but they were also systematically given better job opportunities than their black and minority counterparts.
The lawsuit lists incidents dating back to 2013 but alleges the hostile racist culture at the Maumee hub has existed for over a decade.
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In July 2016 a white employee was fired after he hung two nooses over the workstation of a black employee.
Other racist incidents at the hub include the hanging of Confederate flags and dressing a toy monkey as a UPS worker and putting it on display.
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The lawsuit alleges that white employees frequently used the n-word and make charged comments about the Klu Klux Klan, the lawsuit says.
The lawsuit alleges the racism was so bad it 'permeated' employment decisions and minority workers were 'systematically denied job opportunities'.
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'Whether it’s promotions, assignments, what equipment you were given to do a job — you name it. Uniformly they were treated as second-class employees with less opportunity, less earning opportunities, and forced to be always wondering if they would still have jobs if they had tried to do anything about it,' the plantiffs attorney Fred Gittes said to the Toledo Blade.
The lawsuit names UPS we well as five local managers and supervisors and is seeking a court order to stop the discrimination as well as more than $25,000 in...
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