Nooses and a “whites only” sign were recently found at a General Motors production plant in Toledo, Ohio.
Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz released a letter stating the company is investigating the matter and is offering a $25,000 reward for additional information that leads to the identification of the person(s) responsible.
According to the Washington Examiner:
Nine black employees sued the plant last month, alleging racial discrimination and harassment, including employees’ used of the “N-word,” graffiti that claims a bathroom as “whites only,” nooses hung from the ceiling, and derogatory nicknames.
GM has a “zero tolerance” policy for discrimination and racism.
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The auto manufacturer posted a number of tweets last month regarding the incident as well as its goal to adopt inclusiveness:
Hello. We’re outraged that anyone would be subjected to racist behavior. We have zero tolerance for discrimination – this is not who we are. We’re working to drive this out of our workplaces.
— General Motors (@GM) January 20, 2019
As an open, inclusive company, we’re creating an environment where everyone feels valued for who they are. Proud to be recognized by @Bloomberg for leading the way towards an equal workplace. #BloombergGEI https://t.co/bPx9xA8k9E
— General Motors (@GM) January 16, 2019
Mayor Kapszukiewicz said he has met with executives from GM North America to discuss the allegations:
“During the meeting with GM leadership, I expressed my concern regarding employees feeling safe and supported when reporting these types of incidents and ongoing efforts to ensure a workplace culture that is free from discrimination and has a ‘no tolerance’ policy for racist acts.”
Main Image Credit: Toledo Blade