A race discrimination lawsuit has been filed against Dalco Nonwovens, LLC by an African-American former machine operator.
Jeremy Reid claims that he was subjected to a racially hostile environment by his boss, Jason Logan, the production supervisor for the night shift.
According to the complaint, filed in North Carolina Western District Court, “Logan pervasively spoke to [Reid] in a harsh, unprofessional, and disrespectful tone from the first day [Reid] started work.”
On October 24, 2012, when Reid sent Logan a text message asking Logan for more work hours, Logan allegedly responded by texting, “Negro please.” Reid replied saying, “Just thought I would ask.” And Logan allegedly texted back, “Whatever Nigger.”
The next night, Logan allegedly assaulted Reid by slapping his hand and stepping in Reid’s way to block his passage.
Reid filed a race discrimination charge with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on November 9, 2012.
On January 23, 2013, Dalco Nonwovens suspended Reid indefinitely for alleged poor work performance.
Dalco Nonwovens, based in Conover, North Carolina, is a manufacturer of nonwoven products such as geotextiles, home furnishings, and custom fabrics.