UPS Employees File Racial Discrimination Lawsuit
The men also contend an effigy of a black UPS employee hung from the ceiling outside the manager’s office for four days.
The suit, filed in Fayette County Circuit Court in Lexington, names three managers and the company as defendants.
The men say they were punished more severely than white employees for “alleged workplace infractions.” Two of the employees were fired; two others resigned, which the lawsuit says constitutes “constructive discharge.”
The men are seeking unspecified damages from Atlanta-based UPS, which has a freight service center in central Kentucky.
Luke Morgan, the attorney for the men, said his clients tried to work out the issues with UPS, but the company “has given them the runaround.”
“You can’t make any sense of this,” Morgan said.
Susan Rosenberg, a spokeswoman for UPS, said the company disagrees with the allegations in the lawsuit and that all complaints were investigated.
“We took it seriously,” Rosenberg said.
The employees, William Barber, Jeffrey D. Goree, John J. Hughes, David W. Young, Curtis A. Weathers, Lamont Brown, Glenn D. Jackson and Donald L. Ragland, said they “endured severe and pervasive comments, intimidation, ridicule and insults while working at UPS.”
Among the alleged incidents included in the lawsuit were “referencing an African-American employee as a ‘jungle bunny,’ stating to an African-American employee that his prostate cancer is a ‘black disease,’ remarks likening an African-American employee to a ‘monkey’.”
Complaints to the human resources department resulted in managers retaliating against them by doing “ride alongs” with the men on their delivery route “as a subtle means to intimidate and punish the plaintiffs for raising these issues,” the men said in the lawsuit.