Wow Daimler… Really? “No place for n—ers here”?
Daimler Trucks North America Being Investigated Over Discrimination Claims
This place definitely seems like a terrible work environment for people of color.
According to KGW reports:
A investigation into Daimler Trucks North America has expanded after four more employees opened civil rights complaints against the Portland-based company.
Nine Daimler employees from its North Portland facility have now filed complaints, in addition to the commissioner’s complaint filed by Brad Avakian, according to Charlie Burr, spokesman for the Bureau of Labor and Industries.
The new complaints include allegations of discrimination based on age, race and ethnicity, including racial epithets and failure of management. They also include retaliation for voicing concerns, which can include firing, being moved to a different job or getting passed over for a promotion.
Among the complainants is a Native American employee who “may have been forced to leave his position because of working conditions at the North Portland facility,” Burr said.
According to his complaint, the Native American employee said he was harassed and pressured by his team leader to do extra work or work outside his job description because of his race. The team leader was also accused of pushing the employee against the hood of a truck, challenging him to a fight.
That employee said he felt he had no choice but to resign.
Another black employee said he was called racist names and challenged to fights, told to take heated conversations “to the boat ramp,” and given a drug test when he reported the incidents.
Avakian’s commissioners complaint was filed September 25, on behalf of five employees who claimed to have been called racist names including “ni**er,” “boy,” “Toby” and “buckwheat.”
One of those African-American employees also alleged that a white Daimler coworker threatened him with a noose and said he would drag the employee behind his car.
On September 18, an African-American woman filed a similar complaint, alleging she was discriminated against based on her race, age and religion.
The woman was allegedly called derogatory names in German and, after working at the company for a year, a sign was placed on her chair that read “no place for ni**ers here.”
She blamed Daimler’s “pro-German culture” on creating a hostile work environment for minorities.
SMH. This is just terrible. Of course Daimler Trucks has released a statement claiming it doesn’t tolerate discrimination and trains employees to avoid it.
But it sounds like some folks need more than training because clearly some violations have occurred.