Lawsuit: Owner of Buffalo company used slur to explain why he wouldn't hire black temp

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A Minnesota company is being sued for the way it allegedly treated a black temporary worker and a full-timer who says she lost her job after she stood up for her discriminated-against colleague, according to a Star Tribune report.

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Myrna Peltonen, 42, worked as a production manager for Izza Bending Tube & Wire, a small industrial company based in Buffalo. She claims when she recommended to the company's owner, Scott Landgraf, that he should offer a full-time position to Randall Smith, a black temporary employee who had worked 500 hours for the company, Landgraf instead ordered her to tell Smith his services were no longer wanted and then dropped a racial slur for good measure.

In what may be the worst explanation for not hiring someone in the history of employment, Landgraf told Peltonen his company hadn't "had good luck with [N-words]," according to Peltonen's version of events.

Though she continued at Izza, Peltonen filed a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regarding Smith's treatment in January 2012.  She was fired shortly thereafter, bringing an end to her 14-month tenure.

As you'd expect, Smith, 34, later sued Izza and Creative Staffing Solutions, the temp agency that allegedly failed to stick up for him and stopped trying to place him following the incident. That lawsuit was settled back in January.

Peltonen's lawsuit, filed with the help of the EEOC, seeks back pay for her and the implementation of an anti-retaliation policy at Izza, the Strib reports.

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MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

C'mon Rupar you fucking racist.  Why no picture of the CEO?   Black criminals always get their picture in the paper.  Get off your ass. 

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

What will happen when whitey is the minority in say 20 years. Also, why do you only hear white on black racism generally in news. Oh yeah, people think racism only goes one direction. Its parallel and perpendicular. 

j.reiter
j.reiter

@atrupar,  Take a look at the effect your racial stories are having; I am referring to your follower Michele Bachmann.  You continually incite violence and what do you think the product of that is going to be; especially when MB constantly threatens to act based upon your stories?   There have been multiple instances across the nation where mentally ill people have followed through on their threats and everyone that knew the person said, "we just thought that was just talk."

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Hey Rupar when black criminals get articles on City Pages you guys always have a mugshot.  How about a picture of the company CEO.  Maybe some links to the website and a phone number too.   I think Landgraf could use some free publicity.  At least a picture of his business. 

Fluffy Singler
Fluffy Singler

I have friends who temp, as I did myself for 15 years, as well as a number of friends who work in offices here in the Twin Cities.  I have no problem believing that a temp who did nothing wrong would be treated this way, especially now that we are "post-racial," which apparently means "post-civil rights."

_Joe_
_Joe_

@keny1  

Says the guy who got his free voice nation acct deleted.  Must be all that insight and worthwhile commentary, huh?


Hey everybody!  Let's all listen to the guy who was *such* an asshat, they had to delete his account.

mohanlon3
mohanlon3

@keny1 You clearly have never applied for any kind of welfare.  As a single adult male you get barely enough money to rent a single bedroom in a college group home, and your total monthly income is not too likely to cover enough for food and basic bills, but hey, feel free to dangle your ridiculous ignorance, it's still amusing.  Now, if you were a single MOm with kids, yeah, you might get a number of the things on that list up there, but a single adult male, not even close douche bag, BTW is your Mom still paying all your bills?

j.reiter
j.reiter

@atrupar , Do you see the effect your stories are having? Rupar, use common sense. You think it is alright to continually incite racial hostilities because of it. one day this psycho is going to hurt somebody.  This guy threatens someone new everyday.  I would like to point out that there have been multiple instances in the past few days where mentally ill people have followed through with their words.

Onan
Onan

@keny1 @k2yeb  - Your post was intriguing and insightful. Please, go on.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@j.reiter Awwww is the little crybaby butthurt because of what I said to your mom?   It's like I told your mother last night, "I don't have sex with smelly truck stop hookers."    I still don't get why you are so mad because I gave your mother great advice.   I told her the things she needs most is a bath, a breath mint, and a t-shirt that says one cock at a time.  

keny1
keny1

@MicheleBachmann

Coming from someone who isn't satisfied unless her cunt, asshole and mouth are constantly stuffed with large STD-infected black cocks. 

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