Man Says He Was Fired for Reporting Racial Slurs
Diamond Pet Foods in Lathrop, California is so deeply covered in allegations of racism that the company has become the target of a federal investigation. A lawsuit was filed by three African American employees who say that they were fired for reporting racial problems within the company.
Ronberto Collins is saying that his bosses used the N-word on the job and forced the black employees to endure horrible abuse while at work.
“It was bad, I mean like daily, almost daily in the breakroom, changing room,” said Collins.
This led Collins to secretly record some conversations in order to prove his allegations.
“I’m a mother f—- leader, n—–, not a f—– follower!” one of the employees was recorded as saying. Collins says that he tried to report the racial problems several times, but to no avail. Now, the lawsuit has gotten him the attention that he wanted from the very beginning.
“I complained to one of the supervisors and he was like, ‘this is part of the job’,” said Collins.
Collins says that not only were his allegations ignored, but he was eventually fired for speaking up about the issue.
“We’re supposed to be protected by the law. If I make a complaint about discrimination going on, I don’t think we should be terminated because of it,” said Collins.
Collins even says that he was abused with more racial slurs after he was fired for reporting the things that were happening to him on the job.
“They laughed about it and called me the N-word during that time. Hey, this is a dumb a-s-s n—-,” said Collins. “I don’t care what race you are. Who wants to go into a hostile work environment?”
He went onto say, “I couldn’t believe it. I was like ‘Wow! Is this the 1800s or something?’ It was that bad.”
Diamond Pet Foods released this statement after the incident:
“We take these allegations very seriously and there is an ongoing investigation into this issue. If any employees are found in violation of Diamond policies concerning racial discrimination they will be disciplined accordingly.”