Lawsuit: Black worker says white managers stymied promotion

February 20, 2019 - 2:03 pm

WILSON, N.C. (AP) — A black worker at a North Carolina tire plant says in a lawsuit that her white managers colluded to prevent her promotion and harassed her for filing complaints against them.

WNCN in Raleigh reports Laverne McIver's lawsuit, filed Feb. 14, says her supervisors at the Bridgestone plant in Wilson harassed her based on her race and kept her from moving up. She said harassment included the supervisors fabricating complaints about her just before a job posting that would be a promotion for her.

She also alleges their actions were in retaliation for McIver reporting harassment to human resources and filing three charges against them to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

McIver seeks $500,000 in damages and attorney's fees. Bridgestone representatives didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

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