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Racism infested N.J. town's DPW, man alleges in suit

Posted by on Jul. 14, 2017 at 6:18 PM
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A public works employee has filed a lawsuit against the township, alleging his bosses did nothing to stop the racial taunts to which he and others were subjected.

Mark Garcia, who was born in the U.S. but is of Mexican descent, said he was passed over for a promotion in favor of a white man who wasn't properly licensed, according to NJ101.5.com.

 

3 accuse attorney general's office of racial discrimination

3 accuse attorney general's office of racial discrimination

Lawsuit says less than 10 percent of deputies at the Department of Law and Public Safety are African-American.


Garcia alleges there was a "culture of discrimination, harassment and retaliation" against Hispanic and black employees in the department of public works.

Bridgewater officials responded to the suit by saying they investigated Garcia's complaint and took "remedial actions," the radio station's report said. 

According to the suit, one of Garcia's co-workers asked him if he ate "Taco Bell or rice and beans for dinner," while also saying, "at least I'm a citizen."

When Garcia complained, he and the co-worker each allegedly received a one-day suspension.

A general foreman frequently used a racial slurs for African-Americans, according to the lawsuit. The supervisor also allegedly said a black employee was auditioning for "The Planet of Apes" when the man missed a day of work.

In another instance, a Hispanic contractor was referred to as a "wetback."


Those employees and supervisors weren't disciplined, the suit said.

Garcia added that he was called a "rat" when he complained.

Township administrator James T. Naples responded to NJ Advance Media's request for comment with an emailed statement that read: 

"On advice of counsel we cannot comment on matters of litigation. The township takes all accusations of discrimination seriously, all claims were fully investigated and addressed. The facts will bear witness to this during the judicial proceedings."

 

Garcia's attorney, Nancy Erika Smith of Smith Mullin in Montclair, wasn't immediately available for comment. 

by on Jul. 14, 2017 at 6:18 PM
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PinkButterfly66
by Platinum Member on Jul. 14, 2017 at 6:33 PM

I hope he wins his lawsuit.  But in this Trump-era, that is doubtful.

SeanandNoahsmom
by Dawn on Jul. 14, 2017 at 7:56 PM
If all this is true, then I hope he wins and those responsible are fired.
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