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Employees at a Joliet warehouse say the company has done little to remove racist graffiti, including swastikas and the letters KKK that adorn some walls.
They’ve filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which is now looking into whether they can fine Schenker Logisitics or if the employees there can file a lawsuit.
Schenker is a subcontracted by Northfield-based Kraft foods to store and ship Cadbury products. Some of the workers are hired through a temp agency named ProLogistics. Only DB Schenker is named in the federal complaint.
“I don’t want to have go to work and see this person that’s hateful,” said Angela McDonald, who said she’s gone to management to complain that another employee had a Confederate flag on his truck.
Workers from a warehouse in Joliet filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Thursday, alleging that Schenker Logistics Inc. has repeatedly refused to address discrimination claims and created a hostile work environment.
The workers said the discrimination stems from racist graffiti, including swastikas and KKK signs, painted in the break room walls and in the men’s bathroom.
Angela McDonald, who works the third shift at the warehouse, said the graffiti appeared about eight to nine months ago. Since then, she and other workers have pleaded with managers to find the culprit or culprits and remove the offensive drawings, she said.
A group of employees at a suburban Chicago warehouse have filed a discrimination complaint over racist graffiti on the walls of their workplace.
The DB Schenker Company’s warehouse in Joliet, Illinois is the target of the complaint, registered with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Thursday. Workers allege that management was notified of the pervasive graffiti, including numerous images of swastikas and the letters ‘KKK,’ but did not intervene.
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From the Chicago Sun Times:
JOLIET — Angela McDonald was upset last year when she noticed Confederate flags flying from a co-worker’s pickup parked in her workplace lot.
The 44-year-old Joliet woman told her boss she was uncomfortable seeing the flags. The boss said he would talk to human resources, but nothing happened, McDonald said.
Sometimes the flags were flying from the truck, she said. Sometimes they were draped over the dashboard.
There were other problems, too, McDonald said. Someone scrawled KKK in the men’s bathroom and swastikas were drawn on the coffee machine and walls inside the Kraft/Cadbury warehouse in the Laraway Crossing business park in Joliet. The racist graffiti wasn’t cleaned up.