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EEOC Sues Indiana Nursing Home for Allowing Residents to Be Racist Toward Black Employees

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is suing an Indiana nursing home for subjecting its Black employees to harassment and honoring the racist preferences of their residents.

The Indianapolis Star reports that the claim was filed Tuesday of this week.

The EEOC claims that Hamilton Point nursing home in Evansville, Ind. blocked its Black employees from entering the rooms of residents who had expressed a “preference for non-Black caregivers.”

Hamilton Point is also alleged to have exposed their Black workers to harassment based on their race. The EEOC suit says employees were “called and/or referred to by terms such as ‘nigger,’ ‘boy,’ and ‘nappy.’” This behavior was apparently condoned by the nursing home.

Hamilton Point, by allowing its residents to harass and discriminate against its Black employees, violated its workers civil rights, the EEOC says.

Kenneth Lee Bird, a regional attorney for the EEOC’s Indianapolis office, said in an EEOC press release that it was incomprehensible that the nursing home employers “still do not understand that it is unacceptable to honor the discriminatory racial preferences of some or any of their customers.”

When this practice is coupled with racial harassment, it’s even worse,” Bird added. “The EEOC will continue to take all the necessary steps to vigorously challenge these unlawful practices.”

source: the root

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