*Some might poke back at the idiots who used racial slurs against warehouse workers in Denver, and think, ‘you can call me whatever. And I’ll be thinking of you while I cash this check, ya hear?’ That’s because the brothers and sisters were recently awarded $15 million dollars as part of a discrimination settlement after being called “lazy, stupid Africans” and “n**gers.”
Seven workers at Matheson Trucking and Matheson Flight Extenders Inc. claim that they were separated by race and taunted by racial slurs.
Many of the workers immigrated from the African country of Mali, with the exception of a white whistle-blower, who stood up to the offenders and resisted the racist practices.
“I thought I was back South again with the same old racist attitudes,” plaintiff Ernie Duke told the Denver Post.
“Basically, I did the right thing. This isn’t 1960 anymore,” white employee Dean Patricelli, who was called the “tribe’s assistant” and fired for supporting black workers, told the paper.
Matheson is a the trucking company that delivers mail for the Postal Service as well as United Parcel Service and FedEx.
“(Matheson) prides itself on hiring and employing a highly diverse workforce consisting of men and women of different races and cultures,” Matheson attorney Stacey Campbell said in a statement to The Denver Post.
Plaintiffs accused the company of separating white and black factory workers inside the warehouse. Not only were blacks taunted with racial slurs by supervisors, but other employees were also allowed to harass the black workers.
Included in the judgement is $318,000 in back pay for employees who were fired, furloughed or had their hours reduced because of their race, said plaintiff attorney Justin Plaskov.
The plaintiffs were all mail handlers at the warehouse and recalled being mocked will racial slurs and called “lazy, stupid Africans.”
“White employees and supervisors often used the N-word when referring to black workers, including an instance when an employee yelled that all blacks should be shot. A supervisor who heard the comment didn’t discipline the white employee, who later was promoted to a supervisory position,” the Denver Post reported.
Station manager Leslie Capra was among the worst offenders, claims the lawsuit.
“Ms. Capra became more openly hostile towards black employees, encouraging the supervisors and leads under her management to do likewise,” the lawsuit says. “Under Ms. Capra’s management, black employees were discriminated against with respect to almost every aspect of their employment.”
This story originally appeared in Your Black World.