A leading resource for evaluating potential employers
Thursday April 27th 2017

Insider

Archives

Arizona court rules that boss’s racial slurs could constitute a hostile work environment

An Arizona District Court judge ruled on June 19 that a Spectra Electrical Services Inc boss’s racial slurs could constitute a hostile work environment and therefore should proceed to trial.

On the other hand, the judge denied the employee’s punitive damages claim on the grounds that the employee did not complain to any other Spectra Electrical Services managers except for his boss who allegedly created the hostile work environment.

The employee, Robert Christopher, who is of Thai-Hawaiian ethnicity, claims that his boss, Erik White, used various racial slurs more than 30 times over a two-month period. White allegedly called Christopher names like “coconut, pineapple, gook, Geronimo, Cochise, and Navajo” in front of Christopher’s employees.

Christopher claims that he asked White to stop calling him derogatory names on several occasions but that White did not stop.

Rate your boss on eBossWatch

Arizona court rules that boss’s racial slurs could constitute a hostile work environment
1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (97% score)