ROCK HILL, S.C. (Legal
Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has
announced a lawsuit against two interconnected South Carolina trucking
companies for allegations of subjecting black employees to a racially hostile
According to the EEOC, the conditions resulted in the resignation
of many of the black employees.
The two companies involved
are T-N-T of York County Inc. and TM Trucking of the Carolinas LLC (jointly
referred to as "TNT entities"). TNT entities allegedly subjected
multiple employees to racial harassment in 2013 and 2014. This harassment
included constant use of the “n-word” by the company’s owner, EEOC alleges. The
agency also says the owner made derogatory comments about
Rodney Dunlap worked for the
company from June 2013 and June 2014, and is one of two employees who filed the
charge with EEOC. Dunlap allegedly resigned from his position because he could
no longer bear the constant racial harassment.
EEOC seeks damages for a
class of current and former black employees.
"An owner's use of the
'N-word' and other racial slurs in the workplace is of tremendous concern to
the commission because there is no one more senior in the company to whom the
offended employees can complain," said Lynette A. Barnes, regional
attorney for EEOC's Charlotte, N.C., District Office.
"EEOC takes a company
owner's disregard for the federally protected rights of the company's employees
very seriously and will prosecute cases where this occurs."