GM CEO Visits Plant with Alleged Racial Discrimination
Feb. 20, 2019—On Tuesday, General Motors' CEO Mary Barra visited the plant in Toledo, Ohio, in which alleged accusations of racial discrimination and harassment came from, reported CNN.
During the visit, she told employees that all complaints had been taken seriously, according to the report. Plant shift supervisor Marcus Boyd told CNN on Monday that he was glad Barra made the trip, but said it should have happened before the situation went so far. Boyd was one person who described being threatened and called racist names in the plant.
The lawsuit, filed by several current and former GM employees, detailed allegations of a workplace where people declared bathrooms were for "whites only," where black supervisors were denounced as "boy" and ignored by their subordinates, and where black employees were called "monkey" or told to "go back to Africa." The lawsuit claimed black employees were warned a white colleague's "daddy" was in the Ku Klux Klan, and it said white workers wore shirts bearing Nazi symbols underneath their coveralls.