WASHINGTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The Supreme Court has declined to hear a case that would have had the justices deciding whether a single use of the N-word in the workplace — in this case Parkland Hospital in Dallas — can create a hostile work environment.
The high court said Monday it would not take the case of Robert Collier, a former Parkland employee, who said he was subjected to a hostile work environment, including graffiti in one elevator that used the N-word. As is typical, the court did not comment in turning away the case. It was one of many the court rejected Monday.READ MORE: One And Done: Cowboys 4th Quarter Rally Comes Up Short, Fall To 49ers 23-17
Collier said that during the seven years he worked as an operating room aide at Parkland Memorial Hospital white nurses called him and other Black employees “boy.” He also said management ignored two large swastikas painted on a storage room wall. He sued the hospital after he was fired in 2016.READ MORE: In Fort Worth, Governor Abbott Defends His Covid-19 Response Amid Criticism From Challengers
The hospital’s lawyers had urged the court not to take Collier’s case. In a statement, hospital spokesman Michael Malaise noted that there is no evidence “that any Parkland employee was responsible for the alleged graffiti or that it was directed specifically at Mr. Collier.”
The hospital also said the case’s “factual record … is neither strong nor clear.” And Collier himself previously said that the racial graffiti he saw “had no appreciable effect on his job performance.”MORE NEWS: Greater Manchester Police Arrest 2 Teens Allegedly In Connection With Colleyville Synagogue Hostage Standoff
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