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My Racist Boss Says “Nigger,” “Wetback,” “Wagon Burner,” & “Beaner” All The Time! I Need A Lawyer!

| Dec 12, 2014 | National Origin Discrimination, Race Discrimination, Wrongful Termination |

Best Racial Discrimination Attorney & National Origin Discrimination Lawyer Answer: Is it unlawful for my employer to use racist slangs such as “nigger rigging”? What should I do if my employer is using racist slangs, even if they are not directed at African-American employees? What should I do my complaints of racist slangs being used in the workplace are ignored?

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Yesterday, our employment discrimination lawyers blogged about racist managers that called their African American employees “monkeys” and “slaves.” Obviously, such language is extremely offensive. Many of our regular readers responded by asking if this type of language is common in the workplace. While hopefully not common, it does happen a lot. In fact, it is frequently worse. Let’s address one of those examples.

A recent $1.2 million out-of-court settlement was recently approved by a federal judge in Casper, Wyoming involving a well servicing company where racist slang terms were used regularly in the workplace. Dart Energy Corp., Beckman Production Services, Inc. and J&R Well Service, LLC were sued by a group of employees that claimed they were discriminated against because of their race and retaliated against for reporting the racial discrimination.

In their suit, the employees claimed that a supervisor regularly used terms such as “wetback” and “beaner” to refer to Hispanic employees, “wagon burner” to refer to Native American employees, and the word “nigger” to refer to black employees. The supervisor also used less common slangs such as referring to shovels as “Mexican backhoes” and also told employees that “Custer should have killed all the Indians.”

I want to sue for racial discrimination at work and need the best lawyer in Ohio. My manager is a racist. I was fired because I’m Black. I was wrongfully terminated because I complained about racial harassment at work.

The lawsuit also focused on racist slangs used on oil rigs operated by the Defendants. Minority employees on the rig heard the term “nigger rigging” and “nigger a pipe down” on a regular basis. Employees on the rig also heard demeaning and prejudicial remarks regarding green cards and threats of deportation. When the employees would complain about these racist slangs, their complaints were either ignored completely, or the complaining employees were demoted or fired.

Here at the Spitz Law Firm, our employment discrimination attorneys have received numerous calls from Black employees in drilling and related industries stating that other employees regularly use the slang “nigger rigging.” The African-American employees are, rightfully so, extremely offended by the term, even though the term is often not directed at African-American employees only. Because the derogatory slang term is often used in the drilling industry or other industries, the Black employees are unsure whether use of the term is actionable. It is never acceptable.

It is a common defense to the use of these types of slangs certain types of workplaces are historically often a very loose and profanity-laden place to be employed. However, as this million dollar plus settlement shows, there is no excuse to using inflammatory and racist slangs in the workplace. Even if the slangs are not directed at minority employees, use of these slangs in the presence of employees in a protected class is absolutely actionable and should be reported immediately. It is no excuse that “boys will be boys” or “that is just our culture” when horrible terms that include racist slurs are used openly.

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 (216) 291-4744, you will meet with a race discrimination lawyer from The Spitz Law Firm who will help you determine the best way to pursue your legal claims.

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