Two newly released Riverside County grand jury reports describe hostile work environments in the county’s Waste Management and Human Resources departments. Two waste management supervisors allegedly used racial slurs to describe African-American employees.

 

BY JEFF HORSEMAN
STAFF WRITER
jhorseman@pe.com

Published: 18 June 2012 06:35 PM

At least two supervisors in Riverside County’s Waste Management Department used racial slurs against black workers, and employees in another county department were regularly bullied by superiors, according to two grand jury reports that found a pattern of hostile work conditions.

The reports released Monday, June 18, detail workplace problems in waste management and a Human Resources program responsible for temp workers. A former waste management worker who is black told the grand jury that he was called the N-word and ordered to eat in a trailer infested with rats and insects.

The report does not specify the race of the person who allegedly made those statements.