…it does appear there is a similar stupid controversy going on at the company’s refinery in Baton Rouge involving a series of “hangman’s nooses” which keep appearing, and now the feds are suing ExxonMobil for not putting a stop to it.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing ExxonMobil, alleging that the chemical company failed to take the necessary steps to stop racist harassment after five nooses were found over a four-year period at the company’s Baton Rouge facility.
ExxonMobil denied the accusation, saying it had investigated and found “no evidence to support allegations of discrimination.”
In a press release Thursday, the commission said the suit stemmed from an instance in which a Black employee discovered a hangman’s noose at his worksite in January 2020. At the time the employee reported the noose, ExxonMobil “was aware that three other nooses had been displayed at the Baton Rouge complex,” the commission said.
According to the lawsuit, nooses first began appearing on the property in April 2016, when an unidentified employee reported finding a rope “tied into a hangman’s noose hanging from a scaffold.”
Following an investigation, the company banned two contractors from the jobsite. However, the suit alleges ExxonMobil failed to take additional remedial measures to prevent further racial harassment, such as training, counseling or policy changes.
A second noose was later discovered at the complex by a contractor in March 2019. A supervisor reported the incident to ExxonMobil’s safety department, but Human Resources was never notified and a contemporaneous investigation was not conducted, the lawsuit alleges.
Five months later, in August, ExxonMobil conducted an investigation after a third noose was found, but was unable to identify the perpetrator, the document says. As a result of that investigation, the company’s report recommended “additional measures to remedy harassment in the workplace,” but not all of the measures had been completed by the time a fourth noose was discovered in January 2020.
Following the January incident, a fifth noose was allegedly found in December 2020, but the company again failed to properly investigate the claim, creating a “racially hostile work environment,” the EEOC said in its press release.
This is quite reminiscent of the time when there were pull-ropes installed at garage doors at the Talladega raceway and Wallace, who’s proven to be an unhinged Jussie Smollett wannabe clown, screamed that they were aimed at intimidating him because he was a black driver. The FBI sent more than a dozen agents to Alabama to put an end to this Mississippi Burning scenario, only to find that the “hangman’s nooses” were, in fact, Fake Noose.
“Hangman’s nooses” attached to scaffolding at a large industrial plant like ExxonMobil’s refinery in Baton Rouge are pretty common, even though they aren’t exactly recommended as a safety measure.
And no, they’re not for intimidating black plant workers. They’re for pulling tools up and down the scaffolding.
It turns out that a hangman’s knot, a slip knot, is quite useful for hanging on to things being lifted up and carried around in midair, and it’s also easily loosened when one wants to remove the item from the knot’s grip.
But when the genius Marxists at the EEOC get involved, it’ll now be millions of dollars spent on a useless lawsuit alleging that there is a serial racist knot-tying villain leaving his Klan-inspired constructions all over the refinery.
And soon, of course, we will have Al Sharpton and Benjamin Crump alighting to town to verbally assault ExxonMobil and promise a class action lawsuit. Perhaps Cleo Fields can sign up all of North Baton Rouge to join the class as plaintiffs whose feelings have been hurt by the five times contractors have hung ropes to pull their racist hammers and wrenches up and down the various scaffolds at the plant.
All of those white plant workers have pickup trucks, after all, and those are racist dog-whistles on wheels. We already know that ExxonMobil is guilty of environmental racism and injustice for belching out awful water vapor and carbon dioxide from its smokestacks, in compliance with the racist EPA regulations.
So these nooses must be the last straw, and ExxonMobil must pay.
The worst part of this is that when a federal judge – whether in the Middle District of Louisiana, which might be a dicey proposition since all of those judges are either Clinton or Obama appointees with atrocious track records when it comes to cases like this, or at the Fifth Circuit – finally makes this moronic lawsuit go away, nobody will be punished for bringing it.
The EEOC lawyer bringing this suit is a $120,000-per-year circus clown named Rudy Sustaita, who works out of the EEOC’s office in Houston. And here was his quote in the press release that popped yesterday: “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.”
Hanging pull-ropes with slipknots on the bottom end is “racially offensive” conduct. That’s how stupid we are now.
Nobody will fire this guy Sustaita for wasting our money on this suit. He will go on to retire on a six-figure pension you’ll pay for with money the federal government doesn’t have and will borrow from China, but not until after several more years of filing similar bogeyman lawsuits about nooses or watermelons or some office committing cultural appropriation crimes by having a Taco Tuesday in the lunchroom.
This will continue until there is a risk associated with stupid government employees doing stupid things with our money.