California employees may be interested in a recent news report about a former official with a District of Columbia agency who has filed a lawsuit against the city. In the lawsuit, he claimed that he was harassed while working at the Department of Public Works before being terminated for his race.
The man was the first white supervisor for the agency’s Fleet Management Administration when he was hired in January 2012. During multiple meetings in March of that same year, the man claimed that he was regularly called “big white guy,” “cracker” and “white boy.” He also claimed that black employees damaged his truck. The same group of people reportedly filed false complaints that were found to be “without merit.”
When the taunts continued, the former supervisor reportedly told the head of the Department of Public Works. However, instead of dealing with the harassment, the head reportedly terminated the former supervisor in August 2012. He was ultimately suing for wrongful termination and seeking back pay and damages.
All employees are protected against discrimination on the basis of their race. Those who believe that they have been discharged because of the color of their skin may potentially have the grounds to file a unlawful termination lawsuit against their former employers. An attorney can use evidence from emails, text messages or even written notes to demonstrate that the discharge was in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Source: FOX News, “White ex-DC official sues city, claims he was called ‘cracker’ and fired over race”, Barnini Chakraborty, July 31, 2015