EEOC sues Murex alleging racial harassment
TIOGA, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit in North Dakota accusing a petroleum company of subjecting a black employee to racial harassment.
According to the lawsuit, Derrick Jenkins worked for Murex Petroleum Corp. from April to September 2014 at its Tioga facility. The EEOC says Jenkins’ co-workers directed racial slurs at him and made racially derogatory comments. It says Jenkins’ supervisor witnessed the harassment, but did nothing about it.
The lawsuit says another African-American employee complained to a high-level executive at the company about the harassment, but no action was taken. The EEOC is seeks compensatory and punitive damages in the case.
A spokeswoman for Murex Petroleum, based in Houston, Texas, did not immediately return a call for comment.