Thursday, July 14, 2016

Ending harassment requires cultural shift - THE TOWN TALK

Originally published: July 11, 2016

Contonius Gill worked as a truck driver for North Carolina-based A.C. Widenhouse. He was repeatedly the target of racist comments made by white co-workers. At one point, a fellow worker approached him with a noose. “This is for you,” the man said. “Do you want to hang from the family tree?” After repeatedly complaining about harassment, Gill was fired.

Jacquelyn Hines was also fired after reporting harassment at New Breed Logistics, a supply-chain company with a warehouse in Memphis. She was among the female workers targeted by sexually-explicit comments from a supervisor who also felt compelled to press “his stomach and private parts” into one woman’s back.