Memphis Cotton Warehouse Sued In Federal Court

Memphis Cotton Warehouse Sued In Federal Court

By Laken Bowles. CREATED Aug 5, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Three former employees of a cotton warehouse in Memphis have filed a federal lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in the workplace.

Lawyers for former Atkinson Cotton Warehouse workers Vashone Ford, Untonia Harris and Marrio Mangrum filed a complaint Monday in U.S. District Court.

The workers claim they were subjected to racial harassment, including statements from a supervisor that only "white people" could use a microwave and a water fountain at the business.

The lawsuit was filed against Atkinson Cotton Warehouse and Federal Compress, which provides workers for the warehouse. The suit seeks unspecified damages.

Some comments were recorded by one of the workers. When the recording was disclosed in June, Federal Compress said it fired the supervisor and it has a zero-tolerance policy prohibiting racial or other discriminatory conduct or language.

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