Baton Rouge company sued on charges of racism
BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge company is the target of a federal lawsuit alleging widespread discrimination against black employees.
The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, accuses Turner Industries of subjecting black workers to a hostile environment in which the use of racial slurs is commonplace. The claims were filed in Middle District Court in Baton Rouge on behalf of former employee Enrico Williams.
The lawsuit alleges that Turner Industries fired Williams after learning he had signed an affidavit corroborating co-workers' charges of discriminatory practices. William's statement was part of a separate lawsuit filed last year against the company.
Phyllis Cancienne, an attorney for Turner Industries, said Thursday that the company would not comment on the pending litigation. The company, with about 15,000 employees, provides skilled laborers to industrial plants.