SAN FRANCISCO — According to, eight current and former warehouse workers of a wholesale flooring distributor have filed suit against their employer, the B.R. Funsten and Co., Tom Duffy Co., for racial harassment and discrimination. The workers claim they were the targets of racist remarks and punished when they complained. They were especially offended by a hangman’s noose the manager hung in his office, he says as a joke.

The plaintiff’s attorney, Angela Alioto, disagreed with the manager’s assertion. “A hangman’s noose is the number one sign of racial prejudice. People were hung because of the color of their skin” she said. Read more.

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