A contractor that worked on Apple Park during its construction has been ordered to pay $1.25 million to 8 Black former employees over claims it failed to act when they were racially profiled against, as reported by the US Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission:
CUPERTINO, CA – A San Jose-based electrical subcontractor at the Apple Park construction project, Air Systems Inc. (ASI), will pay $1,250,000 to eight African American former employees and provide other relief to settle a racial harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.
According to the suit put forward by the employees, racial drawings such as “racist graffiti of swastikas and racial epithets” were drawn on the walls of portable toilets on Apple Park’s construction site.
According to the EEOC’s suit, the racial harassment included racist graffiti of swastikas and racial epithets drawn on the walls of the portable toilets at the Apple Park construction project, as well as a noose at the worksite hung next to a scrawled note containing other expletives, and a threat of lynching. In addition, the company failed to act when notified by two African American employees that a white coworker had taunted them with racial pejoratives.
The lawsuit was originally filed in December of 2019, as we reported at the time:
A new federal lawsuit from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing an electrical subcontractor, Air Systems, who was signed on to work on the Apple Park for racial harassment of 3 African American workers.
The lawsuit says, in July of 2017, while working on-site at the Apple Park, one worker found a threat on a sprinkler pipe which threatened lynching and a noose nearby.
The lawsuit continued to state that the management of the subcontractor ignored to act when two African Americans brought forward these incidents, and ignored the fact that a white coworker taunted them with racial slurs, calling one of them “boy”.