Auto dealer sued for racial discrimination after monkey with noose displayed

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Jul. 15, 2012, 11:00am


SHERMAN - An African-American man has filed a lawsuit against his former employer after a co-worker displayed a monkey with a noose in the office.

Jesse C. Fields filed suit against Carmax Auto Superstores Inc. on June 2 in the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division.

Fields states that while he worked at the Carmax Auto location in Plano he was subjected to a racially hostile environment.

Specifically, Fields claims that a co-worker was allowed to hang a monkey with racial messages attached to it in an office, with a noose later attached to the monkey.

According to the allegations, Fields was also subjected to racial slurs and racially derogatory comments by the store owner, sales managers, business office manager, and other employees.

Fields claims he was terminated on March 30 due to his race. The defendant is accused of violating Fields civil rights.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of actual and punitive damages, attorney's fees and interest.

Fields is represented by David B. Joeckel Jr. of The Joeckel Law Office in Fort Worth.

A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Ron Clark is assigned to the case.

Case No. 4:12-cv-00401

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