A racial discrimination lawsuit was filed in March by former Hanesbrands Inc. employee Yunusa Kenchi, an African-American who was terminated from his position as a creative designer in the company’s New York office after allegedly weathering what he describes as “numerous racially offensive comments” and ridicule from his supervisor, Wynn Anderson.
“There were numerous incidents that led Mr. Kenchi to feel that this was a predominantly hostile work environment,” said Kenchi’s attorney, Patrick Boyd.
Kenchi claims that just days before his termination, he intercepted an email from Anderson to her boss discussing Kenchi’s impending discharge. Anderson’s email stated, “We should go forward with getting this [N-word] out of here.”
Kenchi was fired and allegedly offered only a modest severance package, which he refused.
According to the New York Daily News, “Hanesbrands said the email was only brought to their attention after the suit was filed and they immediately fired [Anderson] and disciplined others.”
Hanesbrands also said that they offered Kenchi his old job back, but he has apparently refused this offer.