The Riverside County Waste Management and Human Resources departments are currently under investigation after two waste management supervisors allegedly used racial slurs to describe African American workers. Employees say that the supervisors commonly talked about the African Americans in a derogatory manner, and had a tendency to create hostile work conditions. A report by the grand jury, issued Monday, details the workplace problems that are causing derision among employees. One of the African Americans told the grand jury that he was forced to eat his lunch in a trailer that was infested with rats and insects, in addition to being called names.
The Waste Management company has been under investigation by Human Resources 13 times for misconduct. Any threats of violence whether implied, indirect, or direct will not be tolerated. The Human Resources department claims that engaging in a violent act or making threats for an act as well as any aggressive behavior, will end in punishment. The HR department says that they will make sure that they continue to train supervisors so that they will know how to treat their employees with respect.
If the Waste Management supervisors are identified with committing serious offenses, then they may wind up in court for hate crimes. Hate crimes are any actions that are taken against a person of another race, gender, sexual orientation, or party in order to afflict discomfort, pain, sorrow, or shame on the victim. Hate crimes can also stem from religious bias, or a disability bias. In 2009, The California Department of Justice found that 56.9 percent of all hate crimes were racist, and 60.1 percent of all of the racist hate crime was against African Americans. If you or someone you know has committed a hate crime, then he or she could end up with serious consequences so it is imperative that you hire a criminal defense attorney to represent you at your trial.