If you thought that “code words and dog whistles” (see our blog of March 20, 2012) were the only remnants of employment discrimination 50 years after Title VII, listen to this.
In Menomonie, Wisconsin, the EEOC has just filed a retaliation suit on behalf of an African-American restaurant employee who was terminated soon after he reported blatantly racist drawings posted at his work site.
The taped images included a dollar bill with a noose drawn around the neck of a blackened George Washington, drawn swastikas on the bill, along with a man drawn in a KKK hood.
The suit was just filed so we do not know all sides to this story.
It is not often easy for management to control the baser discriminatory impulses of employees at work, but it is easier to train managers as to how to avoid retaliatory behavior.