San Francisco, CA – June 8, 2017 – The Dolan Law Firm, on behalf of their client, Ms. Tishay Wright, filed suit today against Southland Construction Management Inc. and its owners Kenneth & Anita Hayden for racial discrimination and harassment. Ms. Wright, an African American woman, was repeatedly subject to unwanted racial commentary, stereotypes and differential treatment because of her race and gender.
The lawsuit claims that Kenneth Hayden, Southland’s CEO, and Anita Hayden, its CFO, in addition to unwanted racist comments, decorated the office with photographs of President Trump and Confederate flags stating “THE SOUTHLAND SHALL RISE AGAIN.”
Proud of their handiwork, The Haydens had photographs taken of themselves in front of the offensive symbol of slavery with Kenneth dressed as Donald Trump and Anita photographed appearing to be a Trump supporter with a confederate flag purse strung over her shoulder. The purse was later given to Ms. Wright by Mr. Hayden as a Christmas gift at the company Christmas Party with the offensive photos of him and his wife inside.
Ms. Wright stated she was bringing the lawsuit, “Because no one should be treated this way in America in the year 2017. This is not Alabama in the 1940’s. This country is going backwards and it has to stop.”
Her lawyer Christopher Dolan stated, “This is just a sign of how people feel empowered by our current President, and his racist and sexist statements about women and minorities, to blatantly harass and discriminate against others. The message couldn’t be any clearer: ‘I stand with Trump and I’m racist. If you don’t like it then get out of my business and out of my country.’ Gratefully we still have the courts and civil rights lawyers to stop those like the Haydens and President Trump and hold them accountable.”
Legal Resources: Wright v Southland Construction Complaint
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