Folks should have a right to go to work and do their job without being called the N-word. That seems like a very basic premise that everybody should agree on. But in America 2023, this is still a problem. If you doubt or deny that racism in America still exists, you are a racist yourself.
Exhibit A: Jerry worked as a concrete finisher for a company called J.W. Cheatham. Jerry went to HR about being called “a mule with n$%%^& teeth” and a “dumb n$%%^&” among other things. He was fired. That’s right. The company fired him for saying that he didn’t want to be called the N-word. And that is utterly intolerable.
Here’s the thing: There are many claims of racism that are overblown. Some people see racism in everything, everywhere, all the time. I’m not one of those people.
BUT overblown claims or racism or claims about racism when it’s not ….. That does not mean that racism does not exist.
Most Americans can’t hold two seemingly contradictory notions in their head at the same time. Society at large has become dumb and polarized. Everybody is in their own tribal echo chamber. Everybody is an extreme partisan. It’s either 0 or 100. All or nothing. This or that.
But that’s politics. That has nothing to do with reality. In reality, multiple things can be true at the same time. You can review the complaint below:
The truth about what happened here … about what happened to Jerry: Racism. Plain and simple. Our firm is pursuing a federal lawsuit against JW Cheatham for unlawful race discrimination and retaliation in violation of federal civil rights laws.
This is our latest case. Over the next few months, our firm is filing 100+ employment cases. These cases involve race discrimination, age discrimination, sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, religious discrimination, disability discrimination, defamation by a former employer, and more. Bottom line: All of these cases involve corporate America violating the rights of working people.
About Jonathan Pollard and the Firm
Jonathan Pollard is an employment lawyer and the founder of the Fort Lauderdale, Florida law firm Pollard PLLC. The firm has represented thousands of employees and litigated hundreds of cases. Pollard PLLC focuses on discrimination, equal pay, sexual harassment, and retaliation cases. Jonathan Pollard has appeared in or on the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, PBS News Hour, CNBC, Inc. Magazine, The New York Post, and more. He has more than 75,000 followers on LinkedIn where he frequently posts his commentary on litigation, business, and life. The firm can be reached at 954-332-2380.