A Boeing South Carolina employee is taking legal action against the company and alleges that he has been racially harassed at his place of work since 2017. Speaking out about this harassment, Curtis Anthony has said that he found a noose at his desk and that colleagues urinated on his workstation.
A Boeing employee has filed a race discrimination lawsuit against his employer and describes how he found a noose at his desk at the aircraft manufacturer’s plant in North Charleston in February of this year, reports Live 5 News.
Curtis Anthony, a Boeing employee since 2011, said that he’s faced racially-motivated harassment since 2017 but he’s still employed by the manufacturer.
Speaking directly on the incident during which he found a noose on his desk, Anthony said, “My reaction was it took me back. I was born in the 60s. I’ve seen a lot in dealing with the noose and people that live on the dark side instead of living on the light side and people that will always use that as a symbol of hatred. It reflected me in a way that it deteriorated me from doing my job.”
“It put me back to when I would see people that would represent the noose. Whether they represented it or not, it just brought back bad memories from my past,” he added.
The suit filed by Anthony also claims that his colleagues urinated on his workstation and used racially discriminatory language in his presence.
Anthony says that, despite raising these incidents to the plant’s management team, the harassment did not stop. He took medical leave due to the harassment and has received counseling.
“I hope that this shouldn’t be tolerated in America at this day and time,” Anthony commented on the situation. “This is not 1819, this is 2019. Regardless of color, people should say something against it and anything that’s harmful against anyone.”
Though Anthony said he continues to work at Boeing, he feels that the conditions have not improved since the incident took place. The outlet reports that the manufacturer has confirmed that it fired the member of staff who was found to be responsible for placing the noose on Anthony’s desk.
In a statement released late last week, a spokesperson for Boeing South Carolina said, “While Mr. Anthony is a valued Boeing South Carolina teammate, there is no validity to his allegations.”
“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,” they added.
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