More details are emerging from a lawsuit filed against General Motors that the automaker hasn’t done enough to address several past and continuing racist incidents occurring inside the GM Toledo Plant, according to The Toledo Blade. The lawsuit, filed last month by nine current and former General Motors employees, sheds light onto several serious allegations—and it appears racial intimidation is continuing at the facility.
The vernacular is disturbing. One such incident occurred during the Christmas season where a message left in the plant said: “Mark Edwards is a lying lazy [N-word] just trying to get paid. So is Ray Woods. You can hang any color person in a noose.” Michelle Vocht, an attorney who filed a federal lawsuit against GM last summer, said she plans to update her complaint to include the recent message found in the factory.
The plaintiffs originally filed their lawsuit in April of last year, amending it in September after the Ohio Civil Rights Commission concluded several investigations into the racist allegations. The OCRC discovered no fewer than three instances where nooses were found in the GM Toledo plant between March and June 2017. But that’s not all. The commission also discovered during its investigation nooses, swastikas, White-Only signs, ethnic slurs, and racial jokes inside the factory, which occurred over four years, according to the plaintiffs.
In one instance, a white employee threw a rope tied like a noose at a black coworker. While the company suspended the white employee at the GM Toledo plant for 30 days, the company documented the incident as horseplay, drawing ire of the civil rights commission.
Now, the plaintiffs are seeking damages while proposing 10 steps General Motor can take to correct the company’s hostile work environment including establishing an Equal Employment Officer, according to the Blade.
“We strongly condemn all forms of discriminatory behavior—and deeply regret any person being subject to threats or harassment in the workplace,” David Caldwell, GM manager of corporate relations, told Toledo publication. “Our investigation continues and there is an accompanying police investigation also.”