Federal lawsuit alleges racial discrimination
BATON ROUGE - About 230 current and former employees at a Baton Rouge-based oil services company have filed a civil rights lawsuit, saying they were forced to work in facilities where racist graffiti, slurs and discrimination are commonplace.
The lawsuit was filed this week in a Texas federal court against Turner Industries Group LLC.
Black workers say they've complained for more than a decade about nooses hung in workplaces, racial slurs, segregated bathrooms and unequal treatment in Turner facilities in Louisiana and Texas.
One black woman described showing up at a work site where a protective suit was stuffed, tagged with her name and hung from a noose.
In a statement, Turner denied any harrassment or discrimination. The company said many of the people named in the lawsuit no longer work for Turner and some never worked for the company.