Massey Energy: Where Gay Employees Can Be Harassed By Coworkers and Management? (GayRights)
This has not been a very good year for Massey Energy Company. The coal mining company, which dominates much of the Appalachian scene, saw a massive accident at one of its mines earlier this year, where 29 West Virginian miners were killed in what became known as the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion. It was the biggest mining accident in the U.S. since the 1970s.
Now comes word that the company may also be a beacon of anti-gay discrimination, with one gay miner accusing the company of not protecting him from anti-gay harassment. In fact, the miner says that management at one of Massey's subsidiaries -- Spartan Mining Co. -- escalated the anti-gay harassment and often took part in jokes, bullying, and vandalism on the job.
The lawsuit comes from Sam Hall, an employee in West Virginia who says that he experienced numerous bouts of anti-gay harassment over the past five years, according to the Charleston Gazette. He was teased by management in 2005 for having a "Brokeback Mountain moment" after he went horseback riding with a coworker. In 2007, Hall says that a chief electrician with the company wrote homophobic slurs all over his dinner bucket. Hall complained to management, but once he did, anti-gay harassment only escalated.
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