‘Black Panther’ Comic Shirt Fuels Axed Worker’s Retaliation Suit

Oct. 6, 2021, 5:16 PM

A Black woman who says a Florida agency fired her for complaining about racial bias for being questioned concerning a “Black Panther” superhero t-shirt she wore during an ‘80s-themed “spirit day” at work can pursue her job retaliation claim, a federal judge ruled.

But Erin Conner’s allegations fell short of alleging actionable race discrimination by the City of Naples Airport Authority, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida said.

According to Conner, the NAA’s human resources manager accused her of wearing an “offensive political shirt,” which she likened to wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat even ...

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