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No one deserves to feel unsafe or uncomfortable in the workplace – especially based on the color of their skin, the religion that they practice, or their national origin. In fact, employers are required to ensure that their work environments are free of harassment and discrimination. Unfortunately, not all employers take this requirement seriously, and some would rather quiet down an employee who speaks up instead of fixing the problem.

According to the lawsuit, Torqued-Up Energy Services, a company that makes equipment for the gas and petroleum industry, retaliated against an African-American worker who complained about race discrimination on the job. The worker complained after two supervisors began using racial slurs toward him. Rather than address the inappropriate behavior, the company reassigned the worker to perform jobs far below his qualifications such as sweeping up and cleaning trucks. The company also reduced the man’s hours and, according to the lawsuit, gave him a bad reference when he tried to find employment somewhere else. In response, the worker decided to seek legal help.

Torqued-Up Energy Services eventually agreed to pay the man $150,000 for failing to correct the supervisors’ behavior and for retaliating against him when he reported it. The company was also ordered to create a policy that prohibits discrimination in the workplace.

How devastating would it be to turn to your employer to ask for help with racial discrimination and harassment only to be treated as if YOU are the problem? This type of discrimination and retaliation unfortunately happens every day. Both Ohio law and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on race, including racial harassment. The Act also prohibits employer retaliation against employees who complain about discrimination or assist with the investigation of such complaints. Luckily for this worker, he took appropriate steps to seek legal advice when his employer failed him.

If you feel that you are being discriminated based on your race, whatever race that may be, then call the right attorney. Race discrimination includes being harassed, fired, wrongfully terminated, discriminated against, demoted, wrongfully disciplined, and denied wages. When you call the right attorney to schedule a free and confidential consultation at 866-797-6040, you will meet with an attorney from Spitz, The Employee’s Law Firm who will help you determine the best way to pursue your legal claims.


The materials available at this employment law website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. Your best option is to contact an Ohio attorney to obtain advice with respect to race discrimination questions or any particular employment law issue. Use and access to this employment law website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship. The legal opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual lawyer and may not reflect the opinions of Spitz, The Employee’s Law Firm or any individual attorney.

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