Employee Fails to Connect Racial Acts to Adverse Action

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A factory worker sued her employer, alleging the company discriminated against her based on her race by allowing a hostile work environment to pervade its manufacturing plant. She also claimed it retaliated against her for accusing a coworker of tampering with her machine. Let’s take a look at how the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all South Carolina employers) decided the issue.

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Laverne McIver, a black female, worked for Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations in Wilson, North Carolina, beginning in 1996. During her employment, several incidents of clear racial bias/discrimination occurred. One

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