Federal lawsuit alleges racial discrimination

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Posted: Feb 1, 2011 3:43 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: baton, rouge, turner, industries, civil, rights, lawsuit, protest, racism, graffiti, nooses, wbrz, louisiana

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.

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