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Elevator Repairmen Allege Years Of Blatant Racism On The Job

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September 17, 2020

It’s inherently dangerous work, but when it also includes confronting things like “noose” graffiti, the n-word scrawled playfully backwards, racist insults and clueless or actively participating supervisors, and it goes on for years, it really gets creepy. So it is alleged by four Black mechanics in a lawsuit filed against Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. and Mitsubishi Electric US Holdings, Inc. in Alameda County Superior Court (Oakland, CA). The plaintiffs cite, including by way of photographic evidence, “years of abuse, threats, and racist comments that went largely unaddressed by the company’s human resources department.” It was so much a part of the daily work, said one of the plaintiffs, that he had begun to consider it normal.

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