Liberty Law has learned of a new lawsuit against Coca-Cola brought by 16 workers alleging race discrimination.  Similar allegations were raised in the largest racial discrimination settlement in U.S. history (also brought against Coca-Cola Co.) where in Coca-Cola agreed to pay $192.5 million to settle allegations that it routinely discriminated against black employees in pay, promotions and performance evaluations.

Now, sixteen black and Hispanic production workers are suing Coca-Cola, claiming they have been forced to work in a “ cesspool of racial discrimination.”

The suit, filed in Brooklyn Federal Court, accuses the company of relegating minorities to less favorable assignments, unfair disciplinary action and retaliation for complaining.

“Coca-Cola circles its wagons and calls (the plaintiffs) ‘nuts’ and ‘ingrates,’ ” said their lawyer. Several plaintiffs say they were subjected to racial epithets, and the people who used them went unpunished, according to the complaint.  For example, one plaintiff said that when she was hired, she felt like she “had hit Lotto” because Coca Cola is such a prestigious company.  However, she went on to say “I’ve never been called so many names as I have been at Coca-Cola,”  citing “Nappy Head” and “Aunt JaMamma” as examples.  The lawsuit contains factual allegations of an incident when a white worker wore a Confederate flag on his head and another in which a white employee complaining about cleaning a sewer allegedly said: “What am I, a n—– or something?”

Certainly, this type of behavior, if true, should not be tolerated in the workplace.  We too fight to make sure this does not happen to workers.

Liberty Law Office represents individuals who are victims of civil rights violation, wrongful death, personal injury, dangerous products, medical malpractice, defective drugs and devices, employment violations, wage and hour violations, harassment, and discrimination. If you or someone you know needs representation, contact us at micha@libertylaw.com.



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