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African American Workers File Lawsuit Against Union Pacific

HeadlineJul 13, 2000

This news from Oregon. A black railroad worker who found a noose suspended above the train tracks where he worked is charging Union Pacific with subjecting him to a hostile work environment. Terry Hill, Sr. and two other black employees say they repeatedly reported racial slurs and racist graffiti at the shop to Union Pacific supervisors before and after the noose appeared there in April of 1999. Hill, Roosevelt Scott, and Vince Revels, the only blacks in the railroad’s eighty-worker shop, have filed separate complaints with the Oregon State Bureau of Labor and Industries. The agency reviewed the charges and forwarded the case to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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