The EEOC announced that it has filed a racial harassment and retaliation lawsuit against Sandia Drilling Company, Ltd, L.L.P. and Sandia Drilling of Texas, L.L.C.
According to the EEOC lawsuit, two African-American and a Hispanic worker were subjected to a racially hostile work environment by their supervisors, Joe Johnson and Leon Alburty, and other employees.
The EEOC alleges that Johnson and Alburty addressed two black workers as “n—-rs,” “black asses,” and other racially offensive slurs. The supervisors segregated the men’s sleeping quarters and one even tried to place a black worker’s hand on the supervisor’s private parts, saying “grab this, boy.” One day, the two black workers found hangman’s nooses on their trucks, and despite reporting the incident to the supervisors, the company did nothing to investigate the matter.
The EEOC also claims that one of the men resigned after one of the supervisors told him to carry out an unreasonably dangerous assignment or go home. The other worker felt compelled to quit after a supervisor stated during an employee meeting that “n—-rs can pick more cotton than whites.”