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#1 Mar 7, 2011
Racial Discrimination In The Work Place:
In Winston-Salem the question continues to come up for discussion about race relations in the work place. Within the business environment in our local community.
In March of 2009 I was past over for a position in upper management because of my race, I was told by our division Vice President Mr. David Shumate that he had found someone that could bring more knowledge and experience to the position. I was fine with that until I learned that a white male employee Mr. Will Pugh with less than 8 months with the company was given the division level sales manager position. I over looked the matter and did not nothing about it. On September 30, I ask Mr. Billy Grant if the sales department could come in one hour early on October 1, 2010 so that we all could attend a African American co-workers wedding later that evening at 6:pm, Several African American employees had express a desire to attend the wedding; Billy responded no to the request; I called the division level Vice President Mr. David Shumate, He never returned my call. I was called back by Mr. Billy Grant a few moments later that afternoon, he ask me why did I go over his headed to Mr. Shumate, and continued to scold me and the sales team from that point with unwarranted harassment and acts of personal retaliations against us, some team members just quit their positions.
On November 3rd 2010 when I learned that a white female employee was putting false documentation about sales of customers in our Route Point System. Sales were being canceled; also being changed from unit yearly service agreements, to one time service appointments.
Customers were seating at home waiting for us to arrive to service their homes , however this employee had gone into the computer system and noted that the customer had changed their mind or canceled the appointment altogether. I went to Mr. Grant about my concerns with this new found information since it was hurting business growth profits, units and revenue.
I was later retaliation against by Billy for coming forth with this information with write ups; He continued to harass me and other African American employees of the sales department; On December 2ND 2010 I filed a charge with the EEOC in Greensboro NC against Home Team Pest Defense better known as Wilson Pest Defense of the local community,for this very reason. Billy later Threaten my job saying it was a performance issues after the charge was filed against Home Team Pest Defense.
Race should not be an issues in the work place, I have worked for Rollins INC, Home Team Pest Defense since 2003 as an caring compassionate Salesman and Sales Manager for their sales department. I have hired both white and African American employees in the three years I have served as the Sales Manager, however since I have been with Home Team Pest Defense there are 5 white managers none of who has ever even interview African American job seekers.
When we do business with Home team Pest Defense and other companies who discriminate we say it's okay with us.
Many of us remember the boycott against K-Mart back in the 80s, what is it going to take for us as a nation to wake up and say we are not putting up with these actions of discrimination and retaliation against our loved ones anymore.We will spend our money with companies who care about all of their employees as well as their customers; I was also a customer of Home Team Pest Defense with 3 account, but because of the harassment of the customer base with unwarranted phone calls 5 to 8 times a week, I too got fed up and canceled all of my services.
I filed a second charge with the EEOC for Retaliation against Home Team Pest Defense on February 28,2011; an EEOC Investigation and Federal Charges are still pending in this matter.
Larry Spates, Pastor
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