A new lawsuit purports General Motors allowed racist and hateful acts to continue at the GM Toledo transmission plant in Ohio and did not act after it was brought to the automaker’s attention.
The Toledo Blade reported on the lawsuit last Friday, which was filed by nine African-American employees and former employees. The acts allegedly took place in March 2017, but the plaintiffs attest nothing was done about the situation until June. The lawsuit was first filed this past April was but amended this past September after investigations from the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.
The lawsuit has been assigned a federal judge and plaintiffs requested a jury trial.
The OCRS documented no fewer than three incidents where nooses were found in the GM Toledo plant between March and June 2017. The lawsuit says numerous other incidents occurred that led to a workplace environment that fostered violence and racial hate. Two of the plaintiffs eventually resigned from their work this year over the environment.
Now the nine plaintiffs have sued for damages, punitive damages, costs, interest, and attorney fees. In addition, they listed 10 steps the plant needs to take to ensure violent propaganda does not proliferate, which include the installment of an Equal Employment Officer at the plant.
GM said it’s taking the lawsuit very seriously and the alleged actions do not represent the company’s culture it intends to foster across every sector of its business.
“Discrimination and harassment are not acceptable and in stark contrast to how we expect people to show up at work. We treat any reported incident with sensitivity and urgency, and are committed to providing an environment that is safe, open and inclusive. General Motors is taking this matter seriously and addressing it through the appropriate court process,” a statement from the automaker read.