Federal Agency Charges Noose, Racial Slurs and White Supremacy Symbols Were Displayed in Racially Hostile Workplace; Employee Suffered Retaliatory Discharge

FORT WORTH, Texas – TNT Crane & Rigging, Inc., one of the largest crane service providers in North America, with over 40 branches in the United States and Canada, violated federal law by subjecting four Black employees to race-based discrimination and harassment, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed in federal court today. The EEOC also charged the company with retaliating against a white employee for raising allegations of race-based discrimination at its Fort Worth, Texas branch.

According to the lawsuit, the four Black employees were subjected to a hostile work environment through the open display of nooses and white supremacy symbols, along with being subjected to derogatory terms, including the n-word, by employees and managers.

Further, a white employee witnessed the racial discrimination and harassment, including a noose in the workplace, and reported the derogatory treatment to management, the EEOC said. However, despite the white employee reporting his concerns to managers, supervisors, and the corporate human resources manager, the company took no effective corrective or remedial actions.

The EEOC also claims… [Read the entire article here].


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