The Associated Press reports that eight current and former employees at UPS in Kentucky filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the company on Friday.
The men claimed to be treated poorly and that they received harsher punishments because of their race. The plaintiffs allege that, at one point, a black effigy hung outside of their manager’s office.
UPS spokeswoman Susan Rosenberg disagrees with the complaints, claiming that all of the issues were investigated and were taken seriously.
As for the alleged Black effigy, the lawsuit claims that a dummy with a dark brown toboggan as its head hung in front of the manager’s office.
According to the lawsuit, the dummy was used to show proper ladder use and was tied around the neck to keep it from falling.
“We believe this was never intended to be offensive or discriminatory," Rosenberg said.
The men are suing for “unspecified damages” and their attorney, Luke Morgan, told the Associated Press that attempts were made to reconcile out of court, but UPS "has given them the runaround."
Racist name calling and intimidation tactics are included on the list of offenses the men allege happened in the lawsuit. The statement that prostate cancer was called a “black disease” was also cited as an incident.
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