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Some Tennessee employees may be aware that they are usually protected against workplace harassment that is based on such qualities as race, national origin or religion. In South Carolina, a 57-year-old man who was a quality inspector with Boeing says he was subject to racial harassment at work and that when he complained about it, the company retaliated against him.

The man says the harassment began in 2017. He says he faced racial slurs from white employees and that someone urinated on his desk and seat. He also says someone hung a noose above his desk. After complaining about the harassment, he says that in a retaliatory action, he was moved to an office without air conditioning. He says further retaliation occurred when white employees who were less qualified than he was received promotions that he was denied. He said that he was unable to perform the duties he was hired for or focus on his work and that his sobriety lapsed. The man took medical leave and also sought help with the company’s employee assistance program

Boeing has denied the allegations. They say that the only incident the man reported was the noose and that they fired the employee who was responsible.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees against certain types of workplace discrimination. An attorney may be able to advise whether behavior in the workplace rises to the level of illegal harassment and what steps the person can take. For example, the person may want to document the harassment and follow procedures in the employee handbook for reporting it. If the employer is not responsive or retaliates against the employee, the employee may want to pursue legal action. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission may also become involved in such cases.