Posted on March 7, 2023

Exxon Mobil Sued by Government for Racial Discrimination After 5 Nooses Found at Louisiana Plant

Michael Lee, Fox News, March 5, 2023

The federal government sued Exxon Mobil over claims the company failed to adequately address racial discrimination in the workplace after five nooses were found at a Louisiana facility.

“When employers become aware of racially offensive or threatening conduct in the workplace, they have a legal obligation to take prompt, remedial action aimed at stopping it,” Rudy Sustaita, a regional attorney for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Houston District Office, said in a press release announcing the lawsuit Thursday.

According to the lawsuit, the energy giant violated federal law by failing to take appropriate action after a string of incidents between 2016 and 2020 at its Baton Rouge facility, including five incidents in which hangman’s nooses were found at the complex.


The EEOC claims that the company investigated some but not all the incidents and “failed to take measures reasonably calculated to end the harassment.”


According to a report by CBS News Friday, the company is pushing back against the lawsuit {snip}

“We encourage employees to report claims like this, and we thoroughly investigated,” the company told CBS.  {snip}