A bad boss at North Carolina trucking company A.C. Widenhouse has cost the company over $243,000 in a racial harassment and retaliation lawsuit. A federal court awarded the $243,000 to Contonius Gill and Robert Floyd, Jr., two African-American truck drivers who filed the EEOC racial harassment complaint.
The EEOC claimed that the company’s general manager and a number of white employees subjected Gill and Floyd to a racially hostile work environment that included offensive derogatory racial comments and slurs including the “N” word, “monkey,” and “boy” as well as comments about nooses.
Gill and Floyd alleged that they complained to A.C. Widenhouse’s dispatcher, general manager, and to one of the company owners but that the harassment continued.
Gill also claimed that he was fired in retaliation for having complained about the hostile work environment.
On January 28, the jury returned a unanimous verdict and found that both men had been subjected to racial harassment and that Gill had been fired in retaliation for complaining about the harassment.