GM is offering a US$25,000 reward to anybody with information about a string of racist acts that occurred at one of its assembly plants.
Last September a lawsuit was filed by nine black employees of GM's Toledo plant, alleging the company failed to take action after they reported racist acts and threats from other employees, including hanging a noose in one of the victim's bathrooms.
The reward is fostered from GM through the Toledo police and the FBI, and offers US$25,000 to anybody who has information about the despicable acts that were going on against these employees.
In a statement to The Detroit Free
press, GM said “We have zero tolerance for discrimination, and we're doing everything we can to identify the culprit.”
“This is another step we've taken, working with police to intensify the investigation. We're outraged that anyone would face threats, and our hearts go out to anyone affected by this bigotry.”
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The most unsettling finding was no doubt the noose in one of the black manager's bathrooms, who – after reporting it – was told to “let things go.”
The Ohio Civil Rights Commission also found that “GM engaged in unlawful discriminatory practices” after four of the other plaintiffs filed complaints. Although GM disagreed, it was still ordered to hold training sessions at the plant for equal opportunity employment.