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Fri Jan 22, 2021, 05:28 AM

Black worker threatened with '50 lashes' and ridiculed over her hair, NC lawsuit says

A Black woman who worked in the mail room at a North Carolina hospital said she was subject to a hostile work environment for years at the hands of her white supervisor and colleagues before she was forced to quit in October.

Now the hospital faces a federal discrimination lawsuit.

Pardee Memorial Hospital in Hendersonville is accused of violating the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as well as several state equal protection laws in a complaint moved to federal court this week. Court filings show the former employee, Indian Jackson, initially filed the lawsuit in Henderson County Superior Court in November.

“The constant willful harassment and racially charged commentary... plaintiff endured while employed by defendant constitutes extreme and outrageous conduct that went beyond all possible bounds of decency,” the complaint states.

An attorney for Jackson did not immediately respond to McClatchy News’ request for comment Friday. A representative and attorneys for the hospital declined to comment.

Read more: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article248538895.html
(Raleigh News & Observer)

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