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Court Finds Black Workers’ ‘N-Word’ Use
Did Not Make Kitchen Hostile Workplace

Nov. 8, 2012, 5:00 AM

Frequent and heavy use of the word “nigga” by black members of the kitchen staff at an Arkansas horse racing venue did not create a hostile work environment for another African American staff member who complained several times about her co-workers’ offensive language, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas ruled Nov. 2 (Tyrrell v. Oaklawn Jockey Club, W.D. Ark., 6:10-cv-06102-SOH, 11/2/12).

“Considering all the circumstances, the Court finds that Plaintiff’s hostile-work-environment claim seeks more to impose ‘general civility’ on the workplace than to curb heinous harassment,” Judge Susan O. Hickey wrote, granting summary ...

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