Norac Additives, a company located in Helena, Arkansas, is being sued for race discrimination and a hostile work environment by a black female employee.
Kesheanna Jackson, who was the only black employee under the supervision of Kathy Thomas, claims that she was given additional job responsibilities but was not given a pay increase. Jackson also alleges that she not allowed to apply for new positions that had become available at Norac Additives.
According to the complaint, Kathy Thomas and plant manager Len Walp “engaged in conduct designed to intimidate and harass Jackson in the workplace,” and that Jackson “had been subjected to shouting, swearing and threats from Thomas.”
Jackson claims that she discussed Thomas’ alleged shouting, swearing and threats with Walp but that he chose to support Thomas. Walp is also accused of creating “a work environment that is impossible for Jackson to work in.”
Jackson filed a discrimination charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on April 21, 2014, and the EEOC issued a right to sue letter on September 8, 2014.
This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the U.S. District Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it represents only one side of the story.