Oregon Home Manufacturer Sued for Alleged Racism, Discrimination

August 2, 2021

Two former employees of a home manufacturing company in eastern Oregon filed a lawsuit saying they endured anti-Black racism and discrimination, and were fired after reporting the incidents to managers.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court by two Black women who worked for Marlette Homes in Hermiston between 2018 and 2020, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.

The company also does business as Clayton Hermiston and is registered as CMH Manufacturing West Inc., part of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway.

Twin sisters Lisa Williams and Angela Pierce accuse the company’s Hermiston branch of a hostile work environment, sexual harassment, race-based discrimination, wrongful termination and whistleblower retaliation. “Ms. Williams and Ms. Pierce heard and saw (the n-word) used in their environment, saw swastika symbols in the bathroom of Defendant, and were subject to physical assault and other dangers,” according to the complaint.

Marlette Homes Human Resources Manager Erinn Gailey-Genack said the company had no comment. The Tennessee-based corporate office for CMH Manufacturing did not respond to requests for comment.

State records show the company denied similar allegations of illegal conduct earlier this year, while admitting racial slurs appeared in company bathrooms.

Topics Lawsuits Oregon Manufacturing

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