Racial discrimination lawsuit filed against San Francisco construction company

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A construction site in San Francisco is now the focus of a racial discrimination lawsuit.

The same construction company was named in a similar civil claim earlier this year.

It involves swastikas, death threats, and racial slurs, including the “N” word, and some images too graphic for KRON4 to show you.

“Some of it is probably not the kind of thing you want to publish, but we have published it in our complaint because we want to make it very clear that this is not made up stuff,” Civil Rights Attorney John Burris said.

The allegations are part of a new racial harassment and unlawful discrimination lawsuit against Clark Construction Group. Back in Sept. 2017, Lawrence Haley was working as a foreman in San Francisco at Clark’s 150 Van Ness site when he says he experienced workplace harassment, including attempting to wash his hands and finding human waste in the soap dispenser.

He recorded the images and reported it to his manager.

“And I let them know that happened, he just dissed me, said they were going to bring help out to the job site to have me checked out by on-site, and they never showed up, and I ended up having to leave on my own, going to my own doctors, getting my hepatitis shots all over again,” Haley said.

Haley’s is now the second racial discrimination and harassment lawsuit filed against Clark construction group by Burris.

“These men were trying to work in their respective professions–one is a plumber, the other were journeymen elevator operators at the time, and they were placed in a position where they had to deal with a form of terrorism, threats to their lives, racial slurs pronounced almost daily and work in an environment of constant harassment,” Burris said.

A representative from Clark Construction told KRON4 that they are aware of litigation filed against Clark Construction by employees of subcontractors. While they cannot provide detailed comments on pending litigation, they went on to say that “Clark is committed to providing a safe and respectful work environment, free from harassment, discrimination, and retaliation for everyone on our project sites”

“All I want to do is go to work, do right by my family, and come home safe every day,” Haley said. “Seeing the swastikas and the N-word to me, it’s a little bit much.”

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