Outside Work Without Water Not Enough to Show Race Bias

Feb. 7, 2019, 5:51 PM

A black offshore electrician failed to prove he was subjected to race discrimination and racial harassment while working for a control systems solutions provider in Louisiana, a federal appeals court ruled.

David Peterson says Linear Controls Inc. made him and four other black employees work outside in the heat without water breaks while allowing five white workers on the same team to work inside where there was water and air conditioning. But that’s not the sort of adverse employment action needed to support a race discrimination claim under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the U.S. Court of ...

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