Daryle Washington, an African-American employee of Recology San Francisco, filed a racial harassment lawsuit against Recology on November 18, 2014. Washington claims that he was subjected to “severe racial harassment in the workplace through persistent humiliating, offensive and derogatory remarks.”
The following are allegations that were made in the lawsuit complaint:
On December 10, 2013, Washington witnessed a white employee place a noose on another African-American co-worker’s belongings. Washington immediately filed a report with his supervisor. The supervisor allegedly told Washington to calm down and told him that due to the company’s history of dealing with these kind of issues that little to nothing was going to happen to the harassing employee.
On December 11, 2013, Washington spoke to Varessa Scott, who is a manager at Recology, to provide her with his version of what occurred and to give her a verbal incident report. Scott allegedly informed Washington that what the harassing employee did was unacceptable and that an investigation would be conducted.
An investigation was conducted in which Washington participated in. The harassing employee was suspended from work for his conduct for a period of six days. On December 18, 2013, the harassing employee returned to work after his 6-day suspension and was allegedly located right next to Washington. Washington spoke to his supervisor about not understanding the short suspension that was given to the harassing employee, and the supervisor allegedly informed Washington that he had already told him that not much was going to happen.
Washington then spoke to Joseph Tonni, who is another manager at Recology. Washington told Tonni that he did not feel comfortable working around the harassing employee due to a fear of not knowing what the employee was capable of doing next. After hearing Washington’s request, the supervisor allegedly told the plaintiff that there was nothing that he could do regarding his concerns and for Washington to get back to work.
Washington claims that he began to suffer from insomnia and emotional distress as a result of being forced to work alongside the harassing employee on a daily basis.
On December 30, 2013 the harassing employee allegedly threw a Jet Magazine (which is a magazine designated toward African American patrons) at another African-American co-worker. Washington did not witness this incident, but was informed of what took place and was deeply emotionally disturbed by this conduct.
Washington subsequently filed a racial harassment complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and he received a right to sue letter from the EEOC.
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.