tauntongazette.com – BROCKTON — In the four months Arthur Haynes worked at White’s Bakery last year, his colleagues and supervisors used numerous racist slurs and mocked him for his speech impediment, according to a court complaint filed by the state attorney general’s office.
“Unsurprisingly, the combination of the unabashed mocking of Mr. Haynes’s stutter and the repeated use of offensive racial epithets in Mr. Haynes’s presence created a hostile work environment,” the complaint reads. Haynes is of mixed racial descent, the complaint explains, and speaks with a stutter.
The suit names the business, White’s Bakery, manager Brian White and head baker Joseph Sinkiewicz as defendants.
Haynes started at White’s Bakery in July 2018, working as a baker. Soon after, the complaint alleges, he overheard a co-worker mocking his speech. The next day, Haynes confronted the man he thought had mocked him, Alex Jenkins. When confronted, the complaint says, Jenkins got angry and yelled that Hayes didn’t know what he was talking about.
White, the manager, saw this confrontation, and asked Haynes what had happened. When Haynes said he thought Jenkins was mocking him, White said he thought he was mistaken. Haynes had misunderstood, White said. He called Jenkins and Sinkiewicz, Haynes’ direct supervisor, into his office. Sinkiewicz said Haynes probably assumed Jenkins was mocking him because he had been made fun of in the past. In the complaint, Haynes said he had never in his adult life been mocked for his speech — until then. Jenkins told Haynes he would never make fun of something that could not be controlled.
As the men left the meeting, White said, “It’s like Trump said, boys can’t be boys anymore.”
Boooooooy I don’t even have anything to say about this, just what a fuckin ironic headline, I laughed for a good 10 minutes when I first saw it….it’s like it’s straight from The Onion.