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Black Sheet Metal Worker to Get Retaliation, Harassment Trial

April 7, 2020, 4:45 PM

A black sheet metal worker in Texas may be able to prove he was fired for complaining about race discrimination, not for failing to take a drug test ordered by a company vice president, the Fifth Circuit ruled Tuesday.

A jury could also find racial remarks and other abuse Johnny Melvin said he faced from his Barr Roofing Co. supervisor and co-workers was illegal harassment under federal law, the court said in an unpublished opinion.

Melvin had worked for Barr “on and off” since 2001 and had previously been fired and rehired after complaining about workplace racial slurs in 2013,...

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