Thursday, February 5, 2009

Two White Women File Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Against KC Auto Paint & Supplies In Salt Lake City, Alleging Discrimination By Hispanic Co-Workers

On February 5th 2009, the Deseret News reports that two white women have filed a federal lawsuit against a wholesale auto paint company contending they were subjected to daily discrimination and vulgar language from Hispanic co-workers.

Jami Clayton and Traci Christensen filed their lawsuit February 4th in U.S. District Court against K C Auto Paint & Supplies, a Washington-based firm whose Salt Lake City outlet sells auto paint and supplies. The suit alleges that Clayton and Christensen, who were hired as delivery drivers in 2006 and 2007, respectively, were subjected to racist and sexually degrading remarks on a daily basis from some Hispanic co-workers. The women also state that some managers and lower-level employees directed offensive sexual remarks and actions toward them and other employees.

The lawsuit also contends that the two women complained about the treatment, but the firm did nothing to change what Clayton and Christensen allege was a hostile work environment. Instead the two women said they were subjected to more harassment and retaliation after they complained, which prompted them to quit. Both women state their civil rights under federal law were violated.

Clayton and Christensen are seeking unspecified financial damages including back pay, overtime pay and pension benefits along with financial compensation for emotional suffering. Their suit also is asking the court to order the firm to stop the conduct, as well as create and implement a policy protecting all workers from harassment.

Company co-owner Bob Cross has not seen the suit documents yet and cannot comment on its specific contents. However, he strongly denies permitting any improper or illegal behavior at his firm. He also said these claims went through mediation with the Utah Antidiscrimination and Labor Division and were dropped. Cross said he promotes a fair and equitable workplace and he would never permit racially or sexually inappropriate talk or behavior in his company.

"We've been in business since 1976 and I am one of the owners. I would never tolerate unfair treatment to anybody. I have lots of men, women, minorities on my payroll and I have never had an issue with any kind of racial intolerance and I wouldn't tolerate it," Cross said.

The fact that state mediation did not substantiate the complaint does not rule out the possibility that the problems occurred. At the same time, younger women have been conditioned to be hypersensitive to sexually-charged humor through diversity and sensitivity indoctrination as well as feminist influence.

At the same time, minorities have been using these tactics for years. For once, aggrieved white women are returning the favor. Most likely the co-owner doesn't really know what went on in his shop since the offending workers were on their best behavior whenever he was present.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Was the complaint "dropped" or was it closed by the State with "no finding".

There is a pattern of the Utah State office of anti-discrimination and labor closing cases that have merit.

If the two women dropped it and now bring suit, as the story indicates, that is an entirely different matter than the state closing it, which then proceeds to lawsuit in the proper procedure.

The story did not give enough information.