Brunswick subsidiary faces racial discrimination lawsuit

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A man is suing the Brunswick Leisure Boat Co., a Fort Wayne, Ind.-based subsidiary of Brunswick Corp., alleging racial discrimination.

According to legal documents filed in Allen County (Ind.) Superior Court, Rodney Chapman's suit alleges that his production supervisor discriminated against him on several occasions, The News-Sentinel newspaper reported.

Brunswick spokesman Dan Kubera told Soundings Trade Only it is company policy not to comment on pending litigation.

Chapman said the first episode happened April 10, 2010, when the supervisor allegedly told Chapman he “looked like a monkey playing a music box.” Chapman said in his suit that he told the vice president of operations, but nothing was done. The vice president of operations told another man to take care of the situation, with no results, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges that additional incidents occurred in 2010.

Chapman's suit said his civil rights were violated and that he was subjected to mental anguish, mental stress, humiliation and embarrassment. He is asking for a trial by jury.

On Oct. 13, Chapman filed a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. Both the EEOC and the ICRC issued a notice of right to sue on Jan. 12, the newspaper reported.

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