A federal appeals court in Charleston has revived a lawsuit involving discrimination at a Berkeley County Nucor plant. The Race Discrimination Suit against South Carolina Nucor Plant in Berkeley County was granted rare class-action status Tuesday by a federal appeals court.
The lawyers of the seven black mill workers announced the action from Charleston. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the ruling Brown v. Nucor Corp., reversing the district court. The workers that brought suit against the Huger, South Carolina plant say there were racial slurs and monkey noises over broadcasts made on the mill’s radio system, racially charged E-mails, and various derogatory racial slurs referring to the black workers. The suit also alleges the plant using discrimination when promoting its employees.
The court decided to move the case forward on class-action status. It is now being sent back to federal district court in Charleston.