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Wed Mar 13, 2019, 10:48 PM

Nineteen black workers sue UPS for allowing and encouraging hate at Ohio distribution center


Black workers in Ohio accuse UPS of allowing hate at work
By Mallory Simon and Sara Sidner, CNN
Updated 10:17 PM ET, Wed March 13, 2019

(CNN) Nineteen UPS workers are suing the parcel distributor, saying they suffered repeated racial discrimination and the company did nothing to stop it.

Managers and supervisors enabled and even encouraged the hate at the distribution center in Maumee, Ohio, according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday afternoon in Lucas County Court in Ohio.

The workers claim nooses were hung above the workstation of an African-American employee, that a monkey doll dressed as a UPS employee was placed near others and the N-word was frequently used.

The workers, many of whom have been at the company for more than two decades, argue the racist comments caused reactions ranging from "fear, anger and disgust to dismay" about the comments and lack of action from the company.

Workers claim this noose was hung in the UPS distribution center in Maumee, Ohio.

Workers say a monkey doll was dressed as a UPS employee and placed near black workers.

Screengrabs show an alleged group text using slurs. CNN obscured portions of the text to remove identifying information and profanity.

Workers allege a game of hangman was played with a black stick figure.

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