AT&T Discrimination Lawsuit

AT&T Discriminates in an African American Phone Call to a Customer: Do You Know Your Rights?

An Atlanta based workers’ compensation court has ordered AT&T to fire Aaron Slator from its payroll. This decision will likely set off additional labor disputes between the union and the telecom giant. The National Labor Relations Board has also threatened to file a complaint against AT&T if it does not comply with the ruling by the court. It is highly unlikely that the ruling will be appealed as labor laws are designed to protect all employees regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation. If a successful appeal is done then the case will move forward with a possible wage judgment against AT&T.

Aaron Slator has worked for AT&T for 23 years.

On Tuesday the company confirmed that it had fired Aaron Slator, an African-American president who was the subject of a racial discrimination lawsuit brought against the company by its Hispanic employee. There is no place for racial demeaning conduct within AT&T and we regret the action was not taken sooner. We want to resolve this situation in a manner that helps all parties involved, we believe that Aaron’s firing is the appropriate measure.

The facts of the racial discrimination lawsuit were that an at&t agent was found to have used a racial slur on his phone when speaking on the job.

Slator had been working as the president of the minority group in Atlanta and had been doing well until the incident. He had taken a leave of absence due to the lawsuit and was supposed to return to work next week. On Tuesday he went home instead. We are now awaiting his return.

This is only one of the lawsuits filed on behalf of African Americans in recent months.

Others have involved complaints about being asked to sign papers while being placed on hold, being told that they did not want to be called because the person did not like the color of their skin or that they should speak Spanish. One lawsuit actually detailed a story of an African American female sales agent who was asked by a white person if she wanted to transfer her paperwork from one file to another. When she told the man that she would rather do it the way they told her it would be, the man replied: “How will you like this desk? You want to sign your name all over it don’t you?”

Another lawsuit involved an African American female sales agent who was told that she could not work at an AT&T store because she did not have English skills.

The lawsuit described how she was discriminated against on the basis of race, nationality, and national origin. An associate of hers who was a non-ilingual speaker was told that she could not work at the store because her native tongue was American. She was transferred to a different store in order to avoid being disciplined for refusing to work.

If you were transferred to another job because of an incident of harassment, you should know your rights as well as your employer’s rights.

You should know that if the incident involved racial slurs or other racist language, that you should definitely take action as a consumer to make sure that you are fully protected by laws against sexually and culturally offensive conduct as well as federal and state hate crimes laws. Know when it is important to speak up and when it is not.

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