A black man is suing Boeing, alleging the company “allowed an atmosphere of racial hostility and harassment towards African Americans to continuously and perpetually exist."
Curtis Anthony, who says he found a noose over his desk earlier this year, claims in court documents that his co-workers also urinated on his desk and chair, and used racial slurs “on a daily basis.” Anthony, who has worked with Boeing South Carolina since May 2011, says he became a victim of “targeted racial harassment” between May 2017 and September 2017.
Anthony is represented by South Carolina-based Gist Law Firm. Boeing denies Anthony brought the harassment claims to his manager.
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The lawsuit, obtained by USA TODAY, alleges discrimination on the basis of race, retaliation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, violations of the Family Medical Leave Act, breach of contract and breach of contract with fraudulent intent.
The lawsuit claims that after Anthony raised complaints about harassment to supervisors, he was moved to a building without air conditioning in August 2017 and was still subject to a racially hostile environment. He went on FMLA leave in September 2017 and returned in January 2018.
“I hope that this shouldn’t be tolerated in America at this day and time,” Anthony said in an interview with South Carolina TV station WCSC. “This is not 1819, this is 2019. Regardless of color, people should say something against it and anything that’s harmful against anyone.”
Anthony claims he was passed over for promotions in favor of “lesser qualified Caucasian workers” after he returned from FMLA leave. He was originally hired in 2011 as a quality inspector.
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“While Mr. Anthony is a valued Boeing South Carolina teammate, there is no validity to his allegations,” a Boeing spokesman said in a statement to USA TODAY. “In fact, Mr. Anthony's requests for FMLA leave have been consistently and repeatedly approved by the company in an expeditious manner.
“Moreover, most of Mr. Anthony's allegations were never brought to the attention of management, giving the company no opportunity to investigate these claims. The single issue he did raise was dealt with promptly and in a fair manner.”
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Black employee says his co-workers left a noose on his desk and urinated on his chair. Now, he's suing Boeing