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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, March 14, 2019 11:30 am

Black workers at UPS hub say they were targets of racism

Associated Press

TOLEDO, Ohio -- United Parcel Service workers at a distribution hub in Ohio are suing the company about what they say has been a series of racist acts and discriminatory hiring decisions.

The 19 employees at the UPS hub near Toledo said white employees in 2016 put up a noose and confederate flags, directed racist language at black workers and displayed a stuffed monkey wearing a UPS uniform.

UPS said in a statement Thursday that it responded quickly to inappropriate actions at the site and fired two employees. It also said the company has taken steps that include additional training and monitoring.

An attorney for the workers told The Blade in Toledo that black employees also have been passed over for promotions in favor of white employees with less training and seniority.