DICK SHITHOUSE: Workers Sue Philadelphia Waste Transfer Plant Over ‘Whites Only’ Bathroom

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CNN: Black employees at a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, waste transfer plant were harassed, humiliated and discriminated against by their supervisor for decades, says an attorney representing two workers who filed a complaint against the city. Among the allegations in the complaint is that for decades, John Gill, the Northwest Transfer Station’s superintendent, limited one restroom to whites only, said the attorney, Howard K. Trubman. The restroom — which he called the “supervisors’ bathroom” — was supposedly for the sole use of upper-level officials with the city’s Streets Department, Trubman said. As far back as 1996, it became apparent to black employees that they were being slighted, said Trubman. They would watch white co-workers walk into the segregated bathroom, conveniently located one floor above Gill’s office. “If you tried to use the bathroom, you might get suspended,” said Leslie Young, a former worker at the facility. Young said he recalled that a lock was placed on the restroom door, with keys distributed only to white workers.  MORE

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