Patently Offensive Racist Speech at Pizza Supplies Distributer Draws EEOC Lawsuit

Today, the EEOC reported a new case filed against a Chicago distributor of meat and cheese to pizza parlors and Italian restaurants. According to the EEOC, racial slurs were used by both black and white supervisors to scold black employees and offensive racial banter was routinely tolerated by management.  The EEOC’s complaint also alleged that despite repeated complaints, supervisors let use of offensive racial terms go unpunished and used the terms themselves.  The employer apparently defended the racial slurs as “locker room talk,” although given that the employer and EEOC could not reach a pre-litigation settlement, the employer likely has other defenses to assert.

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