Two More Dallas County Maintenance Workers Say Their Boss is a Racist Asshole

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Probably not the most tasteful thing to hang in front of black employees.
David Womble, a Dallas County maintenance supervisor, leaves an impression on his employees. In June, three of them sued the county for discrimination after one, Dennis Jones, was fired for having previously disclosed felony convictions while his white colleagues were not.

Womble, the suit claimed, created a hostile work environment, making racial taunts and anti-gay jokes. He allegedly once put fake gold teeth in his mouth and "began strutting around the room as a racist joke in an attempt to demean and humiliate." During one period of several months, a lynched Coke Zero can hung in full view of black employees.

Similar allegations are at the center of a related lawsuit against Dallas County filed today in federal court. The plaintiffs, Darian Fisher and LaParker Smith, were also fired for having previously disclosed felony convictions. Both, like Jones, were later rehired.

Smith and Fisher, who are black, say Womble systematically intimidated and demeaned the predominately minority employees who were under his charge, holding "intimidating racist sessions known as Wednesday Meetings ... during which time African Americans were not permitted to speak, were referred to as 'Bitch,' were the subject of homophobic comments, were subjected to racist remarks, and were otherwise ridiculed."

During one such meeting, Womble allegedly announced that any employee who did not do his job would be beaten in the boiler room, which "was a race-based threat because the meeting was for shift workers, and most shift workers are minorities," the suit states.

Womble also liked to show black employees cutesy animations on his phone, namely one of a "cooked and dressed turkey with the head of an African American man that would run around saying, "NIGGER, NIGGER, NIGGER."

When Fisher and Smith tried to have their grievances addressed through the county's human resources department, they got nowhere. When they met with county higher-ups, it was within hearing of Womble and his allies. At one point, HR director Mattye Mauldin-Taylor told Smith to drop discrimination claims because "pursuing a lawsuit is a 50-50 chance and working for Dallas County is a sure thing," according to the suit.

The men are suing for discrimination, retaliation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. They're asking for unspecified damages.

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WhiteGuiltObserver
WhiteGuiltObserver

Sounds like a bunch of ghetto lottery bullshit to me.  Most noose-hangings and swastika-paintings turn out to be hoaxes perpetrated by their supposed targets. 

J_A_
J_A_

Isn't everyone's boss a racist asshole?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

The supervisor has some severe self-hate issues, as do all bullies, homophobes, and racists.

Edward
Edward

Is a prior felony conviction a requirement to be hired to work for Dallas County?

Fungosity
Fungosity

@Dallas_Observer From what I've heard; most of my friends' bosses here in the south are racist assholes. I've figured its an old guard thing

JM64
JM64

 @LiberalInfection In that context, I would say "yes". So-called 'grilles' are popular with black folks, don't recall ever seeing one worn by any other people.

Edward
Edward

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Well, my guess would be that you couldn't have a felony conviction and be a policeman. Not sure about firefighters. I believe there were several people who worked for the county constables that had prior records, although maybe not felonies.

 

The point I was trying to make before your head apparently exploded was: "It seems odd that every single one of these people (both the fired ones and not-fired ones) had prior felony convictions." Doesn't that seem strange/statistically skewed to you too?

 

I'm all for giving people a second chance in life, but how many felons are currently working for the county!?!?

LiberalInfection
LiberalInfection

 @jmelton6414 So you are saying black people wear gold teeth aka "grilles" because they are black? Isn't THAT racist?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

 @Edward My head didn't explode.  You made a stupid remark and you're taking three paragraphs to scriggle out of it.

Daniel
Daniel

 @LiberalInfection  @jmelton6414 So if black people in Zimbabwe or the Ivory Coast don't wear gold teeth, and professional-class African Americans don't wear gold teeth, then it's impossible to assert that inner-city African Americans wear gold teeth "because they're black." Nobody's motivation to engage in social behaviors is genetic, e.g., preppy white boys don't wear fleece pullovers with popped collars and rape their dates because of some inexorable chain of amino acids that was passed down from their forebears, the Saxons (or whatever).

 

How the hell hard is this to grasp?

LiberalInfection
LiberalInfection

 @jmelton6414 So if black people don't wear gold teeth because they are black then how can it be racist for a white person to do so?

 

You aren't making much sense!

 

JM64
JM64

 @LiberalInfection  @jmelton6414 If I assume this is a serious question, No, it is not racist to observe that certain actions/behaviors are 'mostly' confined to specific ethnic/racial groups. It would be akin to saying that jacked-up, four wheel drive diesel pickups are very commonly driven by redneck yahoos living in suburban or rural areas.

 

Now, if your question is posed sarcastically, then it could construed to be 'racist', just as many of the Obama fans decry any criticism of him as 'racist'.

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