One black University of Illinois at Chicago employee says he was taunted with both a rope and a singing black Santa Claus.
He told WBBM’s Steve Miller that his life was made into a “living hεll” by co-workers who harassed him.
“It’s been a living hεll working, the time there with the university, in that motor pool in the garage department,” says Chuck Conner.
Conner, 49, who is a mechanic at UIC, says he’s found a rope dangling over a fence and even Santa was used to harass him.
“They use the doll after they hear me use speech that’s slang… and one of the words I may say, they’ll use the doll and play it and laugh.”
He says when he told his supervisor about the incident, he was just dismissed as if it were no big deal.
“The guys are just having fun. You’ve got to relax… And nothing ever is done.”
This is not the first time in recent weeks that a black employee has complained of being taunted with a rope.
In July an Atlanta man accused a white UPS driver of giving him a noose made from packing materials during a tense office delivery.
David Mitchell said part of his job entails receiving packages, but the UPS driver was behaving in an odd manner. After tensions escalated between Mitchell and the driver, Mitchell says the driver made a noose out of packing material.
“I go pick up and this is what he made in front of me and handed to me. Signifying a noose. A makeshift noose,” Mitchell told local affiliate WSB-TV.
The UPS driver was assigned to another route after the incident.