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Discrimination Suit Against FMC Technologies Results With Hung Jury

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Past and present employees of the company FMC Technologies claim that they were subjected to racial discrimination on the job and decided to file a lawsuit against the company that asked for $120 million in damages. KHOU News reports that plaintiffs in the case included seven African-American employees that said they were victims of extreme forms of racial harassment.

During one instance, employees said that they found two nooses hanging from the company's shipping dock. Racist name-calling, KKK symbols, confederate flags and swastikas were allegedly in the workplace as well. Employees stated that a lawsuit was filed after FMC Technologies failed to take appropriate action.

Yet the federal jury in Houston was reportedly hung on the amount of damages that were owed to the plaintiffs in this case. Angela Alioto, the lawyer representing the employees, said that she is now looking for a retrial of the plaintiff's remaining claims.

FindLaw states that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits an employer from discriminating against an employee  on the basis of race, national origin, gender, or religion. Harassment in the workplace is considered to be a form of such discrimination. Anybody who feels that they've been a victim of racial discrimination or racial harassment as an employee should contact a Houston employment lawyer or the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to learn more information on filing an employment discrimination claim. More information on employment discrimination can be found through our Related Resources pages.

Related Resources:

  • What is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act? (FindLaw)
  • Locate a Houston Employment Lawyer (FindLaw)
  • National Origin and Racial Discrimination at Work (FindLaw)

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