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Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Filed against UPS

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A racial discrimination lawsuit that names United Parcel Service accuses the company of race-based discrimination. The lawsuit has been filed by 8 current and ex-employees of United Parcel Service. The plaintiffs are all black.

According to their lawsuit, they were frequently subjected to racial discrimination in their workplace. They were frequently subjected to racial and disparaging comments, insults, as well as harassing treatment that was clearly based on their race. When they complained about the treatment, the workers claim that they were retaliated against.

The employees allege that they were subjected to frequent ridicule, and insults, and were intimidated. The lawsuit mentions several examples of the kind of discriminatory and harassing behavior the employees suffered. In one case, a black employee was called a “jungle bunny,” while in another case, a black employee of the company was told that his prostate cancer was a “black disease.” In the other cases, African-American employees were compared to monkeys and subjected to other racially- charged comments.

The discrimination and harassment of these workers went to extreme levels. According to the lawsuit, there was at least one incident in which an effigy of a black UPS driver was hung from the ceiling outside managers' offices. It stayed in place for four days.

The employees say that they did go to human resources with their complaints of the discriminatory behavior. However, instead of taking action against the discrimination, the managers retaliated against the workers. They intimidated the workers by accompanying on extended “drive-alongs” on their delivery routes. The black employees who made the complaint also found that they were more severely reprimanded for mistakes and infractions, compared to white employees. The lawsuit mentions United Parcel Service and three of its managers.

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