Dean Foods Co., the No. 2 U.S. dairy producer, is accused in a lawsuit of allowing hangman's nooses, racist graffiti and other racial harassment to occur at its San Leandro, Calif., milk plant. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Alameda County Superior Court, accuses Dean Foods and at least four supervisors of racial discrimination, failure to prevent such discrimination, retaliation and unlawful termination.
The suit was filed on behalf of seven current and former workers at the plant. Six are black and one is Mexican American. They said they were subjected to racist symbols and comments during a 10-year period, passed over for promotions and in some cases fired from their jobs.