UPS workers at Maumee facility file racial discrimination lawsuit

MAUMEE, Ohio (WTVG) - Nineteen employees at the UPS distribution center in Maumee are suing their employer. The lawsuit was filed late Wednesday afternoon in Lucas County Common Pleas Court. It says management at the facility "enabled, tolerated, and purposefully promoted and encouraged a culture of racism and racially discriminatory conduct."

The lawsuit claims the racial culture in the distribution center permeated employment decisions, including pay, discipline, and promotions. It sites instances of nooses being hung above workstations, racist graffiti in bathrooms, and several other discriminatory acts. Some of the accusations date back to 2016. 13abc's media partner, The Blade, has obtained a copy of the lawsuit. You can read it in its entirety here.

In a statement UPS spokesperson says, "”UPS has no tolerance for hate, bigotry or prejudice. The company has strict policies against harassment and discrimination. We will not comment further on pending matters.”