Two weeks ago, the EEOC determined “that on a regular basis … Black employees (at Turner Industries) were subjected to unwelcome racial slurs, comments and intimidation, racial graffiti, nooses in the workplace and other symbols of discrimination.”
In addition, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found that white employees who refused to participate in the harassment of their black coworkers were fired.
On Wednesday, current and former Turner Industries employees held a news conference in Dallas and said that the EEOC findings validate complaints that they’ve made for years. Attorney Robert Valley said, “Our clients faced an environment that was truly hostile. Where (racist) graffiti was the norm, where virtually every person who worked at this location, from the lowest level up to the highest, was exposed to this and nothing was done to stop it.”
Turner Industries, based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, says it investigated the employees’ allegations and found no wrongdoing at its Paris, Texas, pipe factory.
In an open letter to Turner employees, Roland M. Toups, the company’s Chairman & CEO, wrote, “The EEOC will invite us to a meeting in the near future, and we welcome that opportunity to show them that our work places are free of harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation.”