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: Pastor Ed Litton, Who Worked For Racial Unity, Picked To Lead Southern Baptists
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: Against The Odds Senate Democrats Press Ahead With Voting Bill
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: Remarkable Turnaround For North Texas Puppy Found 2 Years Ago Fighting For Life
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