A Gulf Coast shipbuilder faces a lawsuit for allegedly allowing a supervisor to racially and sexually harass several of his subordinates.
A lead welder, who is a white male, allegedly racially harassed three African-American workers, and racially and sexually harassed one Asian male worker.
According to the lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the supervisor at the Bayou La Batre, Alabama, headquarters repeatedly made racially derogatory and unwanted sexual comments toward an Asian welder, and touched him inappropriately, between January and June 2016. The EEOC also alleges that the supervisor called three African-American workers several racial slurs.
The employer received several complaints about the harassment, but did nothing to prevent or correct it.
The EEOC alleges that the supervisor's conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits harassment based on race, sex, national origin, disability, or other protected characteristics. "EEOC Sues Master Marine for Same-Sex Harassment & Race Discrimination" eeoc.gov (Jun. 13, 2018).