Mark Rigby, an African-American who was a contract employee with Aerotek for Honeywell as a material coordinator from October 17, 2011 to October 19, 2012, filed a race discrimination lawsuit against his former employers.
Rigby claims that he was wrongfully terminated by Aerotek and Honeywell in retaliation for complaining about racial discrimination.
According to the complaint, which was filed on November 21, 2013:
On or about October 5, 2012, Plaintiff was working in Shop 459 on Joint Base, Charleston, South Carolina when a Caucasian employee of Honeywell, Gary Wright, was speaking to Plaintiff about problems with hydraulic jacks on the job and said, “I told those niggers about the situation with the jacks.”
On October 9, 2012, Plaintiff was working with Jerome Green, another contract employee with Aerotek, and Wright. Wright repeated to Mr. Green and to Plaintiff, “I told those stupid niggers about the jacks.”
When Plaintiff complained to Wright about the use of the word “nigger,” Wright stated that he using that word synonymously with “motherfuckers.”
Sydney Byrd, a supervisor with Defendant Honeywell, told Mr. Green and Plaintiff to see their immediate supervisor, George Brown, to tell him about Wright which both Plaintiff and Mr. Green did.
The following week, George Brown instructed Plaintiff to participate in a telephone conference call with Michelle Handler (Honeywell’s corporate representative). Milner Strickland (Honeywell’s human resources representative), and Mike Denman (Aerotek’s representative). During this conference call, Plaintiff again explained what Wright had said and done. After the conference call, Plaintiff returned to work.
On October 19, 2012, Mike Denman called Plaintiff and told him that Plaintiff no longer had a job at Honeywell. When Plaintiff asked whether Plaintiffs discharge had anything to do with the report Plaintiff made about Wright, Denman said “Yes. It has everything to do with it.”
Plaintiff is informed and believes that Defendants termination of Plaintiff was discriminatory and in retaliation for opposing unlawful employment practices.
Plaintiff filed a timely written charge of racial discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Plaintiff received a “Notice of Right to Sue” from EEOC on or about August 26, 2013.