Man Says Firing Prompted by Harassment Complaints

Man Says Firing Prompted by Harassment Complaints

A man who says he was subjected to racial slurs at a West Michigan company used an iPhone to record some of the remarks.

Miguel Hernandez of Caledonia claims he was fired from his job as a network administrator with metal fabricator Rapid-Line in Grand Rapids after complaining about racial harassment. Now, he's suing the company.

The slurs at issue are among those sometimes used to describe Mexicans.

In response to the lawsuit, Rapid-Line says it had some problems with individual workers. Lawyer Dean Pacific says the company responded quickly and appropriately when Hernandez filed a complaint, disciplining workers and warning them about future conduct.

The company says it fired Hernandez for intentionally destroying electronic business records. A lawyer for Hernandez denies that allegation.


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