Thursday, June 13, 2013

Why would employees tease about nooses in 2013?


Fisher & Phillips LLP
  • USA
  • June 1 2013
    It was surprising and disappointing to read about a punitive damages award against a North Carolina employer who allegedly tolerated employees referring to an African-American coworker as a “coon” and offering him a hangman’s noose. It’s 2013, not 1960.
    It’s bad enough when one has to defend against fabricated allegations about racial slurs and name calling, let alone when it apparently, in fact, happened. Such a situation is a nightmare for an employer, and to state the obvious, should never have occurred. But never say that “it couldn’t happen in my company.”

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