Coworker Allegedly Grabs Latino Worker and Tells Him to “Go Back to Puerto Rico” While Supervisor Laughs.


Employee Files Lawsuit against GuardPro Security, Inc., for Race Discrimination

William, a Puerto Rican, started working as a security sergeant at GuardPro Security, Inc., in May 2012. He worked hard. Five years later, William noted a change in the workplace environment.

In June 2017, William remembered that a security guard called Puerto Ricans “welfare people” and said that they “live in the trash with baby diapers.” In the midst of this discriminatory tirade, William recalled that this security guard grabbed him forcefully and spit in his face. The security guard then allegedly told him to “go back to Puerto Rico.”

According to William, this behavior occurred in front of the supervisor who only laughed and did nothing to come to William’s defense. William knows that other employees have suffered similar situations. He reported the incident to a HR representative and the company owner. William was surprised when the owner responded that William “should know how to handle it.”

GuardPro Security did nothing meaningful to respond to the situation. William became nervous about more harassment. When still nothing was done about the incident, William felt that his only option was to resign.

William suspects that GuardPro Security did nothing about the harassment so that he would resign from his position with them. As a client of KM&A, William desires justice for his rights under the law. KM&A champions the rights of employees like William who have suffered race discrimination.


Full text of this complaint, as filed with the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, is available at docket no: 5:18-cv-03764-JLS

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