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.
The co-worker “frequently and regularly” used derogatory words to refer to African-Americans, Mexicans and Asians, the filing states.
On one occasion, about two weeks after Myers was hired, the co-worker allegedly said, “I ain't trying to be racist, but them black guys and Mexicans are lazy,” the lawsuit alleges.
Myers claims he complained to a supervisor on two occasions and was told to ignore the man.
Myers was terminated in September 2011. He said was never given a reason, adding in the filing he was never told of any problems or issues with his work performance and never disciplined.