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US EEOC sues Exxon over five nooses found at Louisiana complex : NPR

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a federal agency, said it is suing ExxonMobil after several ropes were found at the company’s Baton Rouge, Louisiana, complex.

The EEOC said ExxonMobil took no action after a black worker found a noose in a chemical factory work area in January 2020. the end of that year.

ExxonMobil “investigated some, but not all, of the previous incidents and took no reasonably calculated steps to end the harassment,” an EEOC statement Thursday said, adding that “persons Federal agencies allege that ExxonMobil’s inaction violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“The noose is a long-standing symbol of violence associated with lynchings of African Americans,” said Elizabeth Owen, senior trial attorney in the EEOC’s New Orleans office. statement“Such symbols are inherently threatening and greatly alter the working environment for black people.”

Michael Kirkland, director of the EEOC’s New Orleans field office, said, “Even the display of a racially threatening symbol by itself is unacceptable in the American workplace.

ExxonMobil did not immediately respond to NPR’s request for comment.On Friday, the company spokesperson told NBC News Disagreement with the federal agency’s findings.

“We encourage our employees to report such allegations, and we have investigated them thoroughly,” the spokesperson said. “Hate symbols are unacceptable, offensive and violate our corporate policy.”

EEOC filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Louisiana after it said it attempted to settle.

The incident is one of several surprising finds of noose on display over the past few years. At the construction site of the Obama Presidential Center in ChicagoNoose found May 2022 hanging from a tree at Stanford University. In May 2021, Amazon stopped building a warehouse after multiple ropes were found. on the Connecticut site. And in June 2020, rope found in the park in Oakland, California

https://www.npr.org/2023/03/05/1161218207/us-lawsuit-exxon-nooses-found-louisiana-baton-rouge US EEOC sues Exxon over five nooses found at Louisiana complex : NPR

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