Monday, July 2, 2018

The 11th nominee for the “worst employer of 2018” is … the supervisor supremacist


Last week, I asked why anyone is still using the N-word.

Which brings us to today’s nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018, which apparently did not receive the “Thou shalt never use the N-word, ever!” memo.

The EEOC recently sued a Phoenix, Arizona, moving company, alleging that it created a racially hostile work environment for one of its employee’s, Clinton Lee.

Specifically:

  • Lee’s supervisor, Gary Carpenter, made numerous racially-charged remarks, including “white power,” “if you’re not white, you’re not right,” and, natch, the N-word.

  • Carpenter often began morning staff meetings by uttering “White Power” and saluting the staff with a Nazi salute. 

  • When Lee had to pick up his paycheck from Carpenter, Carpenter would routinely tell Lee, “get out of here, we’re having a Klan meeting.”

  • Carpenter placed a horse jockey statute on his desk, affixed a whip in the jockey’s hand, tied the whip around the horse’s neck in the style of a noose, and labeled the statute, “Clint.” 

  • In or about May 2014, a troll doll was spray-painted black and hung from a hook in full view of staff and management. A Post-it note was affixed to the doll. The note read “Clint King.” During a staff meeting, Carpenter pointed to the doll and told Lee that the doll was Lee. When Lee reported the troll doll to the company’s owner, she directed Lee to remove it himself. 

A worthy nominee, indeed. Thank you, Eric Meyer, for the nomination.

Do you have a nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018? Tag me in a post of your own, or leave it in the comments below. If it’s worthy, I might just use it.
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