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way2kalm
08-31-2005, 02:36 PM
Black Employees Sue Tyson Foods for Maintaining ‘Whites Only’ Restroom
Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2005
By: Michael H. Cottman

Twelve black employees of Tyson Foods, Inc. are suing the world’s largest meat producer, alleging the company allowed a segregated break room and bathroom which included a "Whites Only" sign posted on the wall in the Ashland, Alabama plant.

According to the complaint, in July 2003, a newly-renovated bathroom at the plant remained locked except to a white supervisor and certain white employees. It alleges that a Tyson supervisor initially placed an "out of order" sign on the door although the bathroom was working well. Only white employees had keys to the bathroom.

"When I was young, my mother used to tell me stories about segregated bathrooms," Henry Adams, a plaintiff in the case, said in a statement. "I never thought that her reality of 71 years ago would become my reality today."

The complaint also alleges that a picture of two monkeys with the names of two African-American employees written by the photos was placed on the locker of a black employee, and that a white employee led a plaintiff to a room and showed the plaintiff a noose.

The regional office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is also suing Tyson for violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits workplace discrimination.

Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson told reporters the allegations are "without merit" and that Tyson Foods has a "zero tolerance" policy with respect to racism.

But the lawsuit also says that when two black employees complained of the segregated facility, management subjected them to suspensions and disciplinary reports.

"A company's commitment to equal opportunity is measured by more than the existence of written policies and diversity training," Charles E. Guerrier, regional attorney for the EEOC's Birmingham District Office, said in a statement.

"True commitment is measured by the environment in which employees work and their understanding of what equal opportunity means on a day-to-day, one-on-one basis," Guerrier said. "When an employee feels free to lock a bathroom facility and to post a ‘Whites Only' sign on it, even for one day, that employer has not been effective in delivering the message of equal opportunity to its employees."

Kymberly Smith, a federal prosecutor from California, told BlackAmericaWeb.com that, for black Americans, "racial fairness must be mandated."

"I don't want to even think about all of the smaller incidents, the nuances that came before the 'Whites only' sign in this case, which is what ultimately led these injured parties to finally have the tool needed to file suit," Smith said.

"No one should have to deal with such unacceptable behavior. It's not productive. It's not healthy. We are better than this."

Smith said she's not surprised that such overt racism exists in 2005 and suggested that some blacks have become too complacent over the years.

"I think, as a people, the black community was so relieved to get Jim Crow's foot off of our necks," she said, "we just stopped at the sigh of relief. It’s like we have been exhaling for over 20 years."

The lawsuit against Tyson Foods said that despite complaints to the supervisor and the plant manager by black employees, the exclusive use of the bathroom by whites continued. "Thereafter, in August 2003, employees or agents of Defendant placed a sign on the bathroom door that read ‘Whites Only,’" the complaint states. The sign and a padlock remained on the door through the month of August 2003.

"The plant manager pounded the table and angrily stated that the workers were ‘nasty’, ‘dirty’, and behaved like children and stated that the bathroom had been locked for those reasons," the complaint states. "The plant manager continued that if the bathroom was not kept clean, it would be torn down and the workers would have to soil themselves."

The black employees also alleged that white supervisors at the plant used threatening language, including the n-word, and slurs about blacks and watermelons, and one plaintiff alleges he has been harassed and humiliated by being repeatedly called "boy."

"This year, the Commission is celebrating its 40th anniversary," Bernice Williams-Kimbrough, district director of the EEOC's Birmingham District Office, said in a statement. "While this country has made great strides in addressing issues of racism, unfortunately there are still people who have not yet gotten the message that segregation in the workplace will not be tolerated.

"The EEOC exists," she said, "to make certain that the promise of equal opportunity in employment extends not only to access to jobs, but to equal treatment on those jobs."

The 12 black employees and the EEOC are asking the court to stop Tyson from continuing the illegal practices and to order the corporation to "establish policies and procedures to remedy the racial harassment and retaliation." The plaintiffs are also seeking unspecified damages.

According to its website, Tyson Foods, Inc., founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is the world's largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork and the second-largest food company in the Fortune 500. The company provides products and services to customers throughout the United States and more than 80 countries. Tyson has approximately 114,000 employees at more than 300 facilities in the United States, including 12 plants in Alabama.

Smith told BlackAmericaWeb.com that she recently read of a speech by Bernice King, the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who warned of an impending social and cultural "tsunami" and maintained that black people should be prepared to take action.

She said King’s message echos her belief that black Americans should always exercise their legal rights when experiencing discrimination in the workplace.

"These folks need support," Smith said of the blacks at Tyson Foods. "This story needs to be told. A process must be in place to show these folks support. They shouldn't have to walk this alone. This affects us all."

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Dunit35
08-31-2005, 02:39 PM
thats dumb...I hope the african americans win the case and take over the corporation...

KC Kings
08-31-2005, 02:44 PM
They did it because they could get away with it. Let's face it, not even "whites only" bathrooms, monkey pictures, and nooses will keep the brothers from getting that employee discount.





... bring on the neg rep, it was wrong but I couldn't resist.

KCTitus
08-31-2005, 02:46 PM
I think they may be onto something...here at work, they have segregated bathrooms as well. Something needs to be done to stop this because it's a real problem.

nolimitpk
08-31-2005, 02:52 PM
Im sure the racists voted for Bush.

Rausch
08-31-2005, 02:57 PM
Racism isn't any more likely to go away than rape or murder.

Rain Man
08-31-2005, 02:59 PM
I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that that place isn't a very progressive community in general.

Chiefs Pantalones
08-31-2005, 03:00 PM
midgets are people too

Chiefnj
08-31-2005, 03:09 PM
Most of the acts seem to be perpetrated by unknown employees and not an act of management.

way2kalm
08-31-2005, 03:13 PM
Im sure the racists voted for Bush.

Unfortunately, not only racist voted for Bush, so did a lot of Blacks and Hispanics.

Eye Patch
08-31-2005, 03:26 PM
Im sure the racists voted for Bush.

Actually the Tyson Corp. was a big political contributor when Clinton was governor and president.

Good thing he is considered the first black president...

KC Kings
08-31-2005, 03:27 PM
Racism isn't any more likely to go away than rape or murder.
It may never go away but it will drastically decline as the years go on. Out of all of my friends 40 and younger, we may make racist/prejudice jokes because most of them are funny, but none of them are racist or believe that we are superior to other races.

Of my friends and family that are over 40, there is an alarming precentage of them that believe that whites are superior. I moved to Liberty 2 months ago, met my 65-70 year old neighbor next door to me, and within 10 minutes of meeting me he let me know where both of the "colored families" lived at, and that they hadn't caused any problems yet and "seemed to be" pretty good people.

As the old guys keep dying off so will a lot of the hard core racism.

vailpass
08-31-2005, 03:54 PM
The last white generation to have witnessed slavery has passed away.

Their children, a generation raised to witness segregation and to believe that blacks are escaped property, will soon be gone.

The next generation, the current middle-aged, were raised on memories of hate but never having witnessed segragation, can remember the words of hatred but not the reasons.

The coming generation will be the beginning of the end of white racism.

Unless they live in the inner-city in which case throw all that shit out the window cause the brotha's make it hard to forget!!!

Jenny Gump
08-31-2005, 03:56 PM
I'm shocked that this kind of thing still happens. I must be naive. Either that, or my parents raised me right.

Lzen
08-31-2005, 04:10 PM
Wow, just....wow. If these allegations prove to be true, this is disgusting. Hard to believe that this kind of thing goes on in this day and age. Despite what Kymberly Smith is insinuating, I believe that this is the exception and not the rule.

Lzen
08-31-2005, 04:12 PM
Im sure the racists voted for Bush.

Uh, do you ever think before you type? FYI, I voted for Bush and I find what these people did (assuming this is true) to be dispicable. Heh, I guess that doesn't fit into your little stereotype, does it? 4321

Oxford
08-31-2005, 04:12 PM
I'm shocked that this kind of thing still happens. I must be naive. Either that, or my parents raised me right.

I'm not shocked.
I would like an end to black racism.

For example, in 1908 there was a hanging on the square of some blacks who were accused of some crime against a white girl. As it turns out, they were not guilty. Were they murdered? -- absolutely.

But just about the time you think the truly ignorant (racists) are dying out, some idiot from the civil rights crowd commemorates this event and the usual race-baiting speeches start.

Isn't a hundred years long enough? I guess not.....

way2kalm
08-31-2005, 04:27 PM
Unless they live in the inner-city in which case throw all that shit out the window cause the brotha's make it hard to forget!!!

That's because the "brotha's" are reminded every day about it! With racist cops working the beat in the inner city it makes it kind of hard to forget who was "massuh" and who was slave. Now, I'm not saying all cops are like this, but the few that are make it hard for the "brothas" to trust them or whites in general. Even the black cops are not trusted, they are considered by most of the "brothas" to be house slaves. Until the "brothas" educate them selves on who they are, where they come from, and what was done to the slaves for 400 years is still effecting blacks psycologically to this day, then and only then, will things change down there in the inner city with the "brothas".

vailpass
08-31-2005, 04:37 PM
That's because the "brotha's" are reminded every day about it! With racist cops working the beat in the inner city it makes it kind of hard to forget who was "massuh" and who was slave. Now, I'm not saying all cops are like this, but the few that are make it hard for the "brothas" to trust them or whites in general. Even the black cops are not trusted, they are considered by most of the "brothas" to be house slaves. Until the "brothas" educate them selves on who they are, where they come from, and what was done to the slaves for 400 years is still effecting blacks psycologically to this day, then and only then, will things change down there in the inner city with the "brothas".

Is it this mistrust of the police that causes the behavior of the inner-city black males who participate in gangs, drug sales, criminal activity, and violence?
You say the cop is racist because he won't cut the black man a break? Why does the cop feel that way? Inner city blacks, especially males, are killing themselves and damning their future every day.
Dropout rates, teen pregnancey rates, homocide rates, unemployment rates, welfare rates, HIV rates, crime rates, incarceration rates, all sky high and getting higher.

Phuck excuses it's time for action. Somehow, someway, someone has to get to these kids when they are still kids and show them their life is of value, that they are special. That education is the way out, that they are not doomed to die young as the gang recruiters want them to think. That slingin rock in the hood only hurts the hood.That they are as smart as the next kid, supported as the next kid, and can be as happy as the next kid. That just becasue mamma and grandman and great-grandma were welfare moms doesn't mean they have to be.
How does this happen? Black Moses? Hell I don't know but it's a cycle that has to be reversed for the good of both th black and white communities.

KCChiefsMan
08-31-2005, 04:56 PM
I think they may be onto something...here at work, they have segregated bathrooms as well. Something needs to be done to stop this because it's a real problem.


you have segregated bathrooms at work? wow, I thought those times were way past us

way2kalm
08-31-2005, 04:59 PM
Is it this mistrust of the police that causes the behavior of the inner-city black males who participate in gangs, drug sales, criminal activity, and violence?
You say the cop is racist because he won't cut the black man a break? Why does the cop feel that way? Inner city blacks, especially males, are killing themselves and damning their future every day.
Dropout rates, teen pregnancey rates, homocide rates, unemployment rates, welfare rates, HIV rates, crime rates, incarceration rates, all sky high and getting higher.

Phuck excuses it's time for action. Somehow, someway, someone has to get to these kids when they are still kids and show them their life is of value, that they are special. That education is the way out, that they are not doomed to die young as the gang recruiters want them to think. That slingin rock in the hood only hurts the hood.That they are as smart as the next kid, supported as the next kid, and can be as happy as the next kid. That just becasue mamma and grandman and great-grandma were welfare moms doesn't mean they have to be.
How does this happen? Black Moses? Hell I don't know but it's a cycle that has to be reversed for the good of both th black and white communities.

That's what I said. EDUCATION is the way out. There is no excuse for what is going on in the inner city, I'm not going to do that. There was a time I, a young black man who went to school with a majority of whites (Raytown C-2 school district), cut grass all day long in the city right in the heart of the Prospect Corridor. If any one remembers, last year a bunch of bodies were found in that area.

Anyway, what I found is that most people there want what anyone else want, that is go to work and come home to the family while minding their own business. It is a few "boo-boos" that cause most of the trouble. What I'm saying is that racist cops judge all blacks by the few "boo-boos" they have run-ins with. Hell, I have cops following me all of the time, I'm sure they are running my tags and looking for a reason to pull me over and phuck with me for DWB in an area that is a majority white.

The reason I point out the police, is that we have a history of the police phucking with us for no good reason. Look back at history , all over the country, especially down south. These are the people who are supposed to be protecting us, instead, a few of them would rather phuck with us to make them selves feel superior.

Like I said, no excusses should be made. I am in agreement with you. The sooner we can clean our own s**t up, the sooner things for ALL will improve.

And that's fact!!!!!!!!

RedDread
08-31-2005, 05:01 PM
Where in the **** is this still happening?

Ashland, Alabama

oh yeah!

vailpass
08-31-2005, 05:04 PM
That's what I said. EDUCATION is the way out. There is no excuse for what is going on in the inner city, I'm not going to do that. There was a time I, a young black man who went to school with a majority of whites (Raytown C-2 school district), cut grass all day long in the city right in the heart of the Prospect Corridor. If any one remembers, last year a bunch of bodies were found in that area.

Anyway, what I found is that most people there want what anyone else want, that is go to work and come home to the family while minding their own business. It is a few "boo-boos" that cause most of the trouble. What I'm saying is that racist cops judge all blacks by the few "boo-boos" they have run-ins with. Hell, I have cops following me all of the time, I'm sure they are running my tags and looking for a reason to pull me over and phuck with me for DWB in an area that is a majority white.

The reason I point out the police, is that we have a history of the police phucking with us for no good reason. Look back at history , all over the country, especially down south. These are the people who are supposed to be protecting us, instead, a few of them would rather phuck with us to make them selves feel superior.

Like I said, no excusses should be made. I am in agreement with you. The sooner we can clean our own s**t up, the sooner things for ALL will improve.

And that's fact!!!!!!!!

I was agreeing with your statement in your original post, sorry if it didn't seem to come off that way.
You make some excellent points. Now if only we could figure out how to solve the problems.

Saul Good
08-31-2005, 05:27 PM
Actually the Tyson Corp. was a big political contributor when Clinton was governor and president.

Good thing he is considered the first black president...

Who cares? It's still a fact that all Republicans are horrible, racist, bigots and all Democrats are selfless, wonderful, and enlightened. Tyson's donations to Clinton were obvious smokescreens conceived by Karl Rove to cover up the fact that they secretly hated minorities and were thus Republicans.

Republicans have to make token overtures such as appointing people like Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, Colin Powell/Condi Rice to Secretary of State, Paige to Secretary of Education, Estrada to the DC circuit court, Gonzalez to Attorney General, Gutierrez to Secretary of Commerce, Alphonzo Jackson to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Norman Mineta to Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao to Secretary of Labor, etc.

Because Democrats are so pure, they don't have to appoint minorities to high levels within their administrations. Clinton was so virtuous that the only diversity within his administration seemed to be different shades of white. Only a true uniter could survive such a glaring lack of color.

Bottom line...Republicans are racists and racists are Republicans

nolimitpk
08-31-2005, 08:06 PM
Who cares? It's still a fact that all Republicans are horrible, racist, bigots and all Democrats are selfless, wonderful, and enlightened. Tyson's donations to Clinton were obvious smokescreens conceived by Karl Rove to cover up the fact that they secretly hated minorities and were thus Republicans.

Republicans have to make token overtures such as appointing people like Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, Colin Powell/Condi Rice to Secretary of State, Paige to Secretary of Education, Estrada to the DC circuit court, Gonzalez to Attorney General, Gutierrez to Secretary of Commerce, Alphonzo Jackson to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Norman Mineta to Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao to Secretary of Labor, etc.

Because Democrats are so pure, they don't have to appoint minorities to high levels within their administrations. Clinton was so virtuous that the only diversity within his administration seemed to be different shades of white. Only a true uniter could survive such a glaring lack of color.

Bottom line...Republicans are racists and racists are Republicans

Republicans own the minority. Are you kidding? Bush gets the Mexican votes because he let them hop the Texas border. As governer he did shit to stop it. Condoleza Rice wishes she was white. Look at her teeth. Colin Powell wishes he was white, he was smart enough to leave because he knew his image had been ruined by the Republican NEOCON SCUM. Powell lied in massive amounts because of the administration and will go down in history for just that. If you think he didnt think again. Click that link in the guys sig on here that says naked girls or whatever and takes you to the Bush speach. LIES, ALL LIES!!!

Saul Good
08-31-2005, 08:19 PM
Republicans own the minority. Are you kidding? Bush gets the Mexican votes because he let them hop the Texas border. As governer he did shit to stop it. Condoleza Rice wishes she was white. Look at her teeth. Colin Powell wishes he was white, he was smart enough to leave because he knew his image had been ruined by the Republican NEOCON SCUM. Powell lied in massive amounts because of the administration and will go down in history for just that. If you think he didnt think again. Click that link in the guys sig on here that says naked girls or whatever and takes you to the Bush speach. LIES, ALL LIES!!!

How typical...Liberals love minorities. They're like a commodity. Buy them every other November. Sell them when December runs around. "See you in 2 years!"
When they vote conservative, it turns into an abusive relationship. "I love you, but if you ever leave me, I'll kill you." Libs loved Colin Powell when they assumed he was a Democrat. Now they smear him. Colin Powell? Uncle Tom. Condi Rice? Aunt Jemima. "I don't know nuthin' 'bout birthin' no baybeez!" God forbid a minority makes up his or her own mind. Why do minorities who don't march in lock-step threaten you so?

Phobia
08-31-2005, 08:39 PM
Dear Psicosis,

Respectfully, with your permission I'll be moving this thread to D.C. now. Thanks,

Overzealous, abusive moderator

go bowe
08-31-2005, 08:52 PM
Dear Psicosis,

Respectfully, with your permission I'll be moving this thread to D.C. now. Thanks,

Overzealous, abusive moderatoroh, c'mon...

she's not that bad...

well, otoh... :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

mlyonsd
08-31-2005, 09:00 PM
Link please?

I work for Tyson and I'll verify if this is true.

elvomito
08-31-2005, 09:36 PM
its on the internet, that proves it is true. sheesh

Saul Good
08-31-2005, 09:42 PM
its on the internet, that proves it is true. sheesh

It should be on the national news. "This breaking news just in...Evidently racism still exists. Now back to showing photos of socks once worn by the missing girl in Aruba, Natalie Hollaway. If there's time after that, we may talk about that storm thingy in New Orleans."

SBK
08-31-2005, 10:57 PM
midgets are people too

I've heard it said that people should keep midgets as pets.

Saul Good
09-01-2005, 12:45 AM
I've heard it said that people should keep midgets as pets.

Not black midgets. That would be racist.