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Michael Myers claims he was fired by M-D Building Products of Oklahoma City because his wife is black and he complained about a co-worker's racist remarks.
by Tim Willert Published: March 30, 2013
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A white man who is married to a black woman is suing his former employer for racial discrimination and retaliation.

Michael Myers claims in a federal lawsuit he was fired by M-D Building Products of Oklahoma City because he complained about a co-worker's racist remarks.

Myers was a forklift operator for the company, which manufactures and supplies weatherization and flooring accessories.

Myers, of Oklahoma City, is being represented by a New York City law firm that specializes in discrimination cases.

“I think the complaint speaks for itself,” said Giselle Schuetz, Myers' attorney. “These are extremely serious allegations.”

Mark E. Hammons, the Oklahoma City attorney representing M-D Building Products, did not return calls Friday seeking comment.

The lawsuit alleges Myers was subjected to a hostile work environment over a four-month period beginning in May 2011 and was terminated for reporting racist remarks he said were made by a co-worker.

Myers claims in the filing the co-worker subjected him to “racial slurs and offensive racial remarks regarding African-Americans approximately every one to two days” after Myers disclosed to him and another co-worker that his wife was black.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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