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Former LuLaRoe warehouse worker’s lawsuit claims boss led workplace racism

By in Press Enterprise on February 9, 2018

By Richard K. De Atley

A former forklift driver at the LuLaRoe women’s clothing warehouse in Corona claims in a lawsuit he was the target of racial slurs and jokes during the months he worked at the company, with his supervisor frequently leading the alleged harassment by other co-workers.

Brandon Stubblefield said in his Riverside County Superior Court lawsuit that his complaints to his supervisor instead resulted in retaliation followed by his unjust dismissal. During his November 2016-July 2017 tenure, LuLaRoe human resources department did not appear to regard him seriously, Stubblefield claimed. He said other black workers at the warehouse faced the same treatment.

“On numerous occasions, plaintiff was yelled at and called a n—–,” according to the lawsuit. “These statements at the workplace were witnessed by several co-workers, as well as the plaintiff’s mother.” The document does not detail who specifically used the derogatory word in those alleged incidents.

The lawsuit said Stubblefield’s supervisor “led the way for all co-workers to mistreat plaintiff in an effort to scare plaintiff to leave his employment. While plaintiff refused to quit, he requested a transfer … on at least five occasions, yet his requests were consistently ignored,” according to Stubblefield’s lawsuit.

“LuLaRoe is strongly committed to maintaining a fair, inclusive and safe workplace environment where all of our employees work hard and treat one another with dignity and respect,” the company said in a statement, adding it does not comment on open litigation involving an employee matter.

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“Although almost all employees took part in this behavior which was aimed squarely at plaintiff, it was frequently (his supervisor) who led the joke-making, setting the tone for everyone else,” Stubblefield claimed.

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