Hanes Issues Apology For Firing Employee For Being Black
Yenusa Kenchi is suing Hanes brands for being terminated because of his race.
Kenchi’s lawyer told the Village Voice that he faced “consistent insults and ridicule from a hostile supervisor,” the abuse went so far that Kenchi intercepted an e-mail from his boss describing him as a “N*gger.”
The Voice reports:
According to his lawyer, Patrick Boyd of the Boyd Law Group, “At one point at the office, before Kenchi’s firing, the employees were all looking for some black gym shorts. His supervisor raised Kenchi’s hand and said, ‘I’ve got the black one, here.’ This was consistent with what Kenchi thought was a predominantly hostile work environment. Other African Americans there were saying yes, this is going on.”
Hanes issued this statement:
Hanesbrands Inc. is proud of its diverse worldwide workforce and does not tolerate discriminatory behavior. After allegations emerged of improper conduct in the termination of Mr. Kenchi, Hanesbrands conducted a thorough investigation and found evidence of an offensive attitude and use of language that is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. We sincerely regret that the situation arose and are troubled that Mr. Kenchi’s termination process may have been tainted by unacceptable attitudes. In lieu of these findings, Hanesbrands took decisive disciplinary steps, including the termination of a supervisor, and made Mr. Kenchi an unconditional offer of employment to return to the company.Click here for reuse options!
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