Welcome to 2019.
New year, same old employers earning themselves nominations for my annual race to the bottom.
Darryl Robinson, the only African-American employee in his Marriott Vacations Worldwide office, claims he was subjected to repeated racial harassment during his 11 months of employment.
NBC News offers the allegations.
- Robinson alleges that a director of sales repeatedly asked him to dance to music by Michael Jackson during sales meetings.
- While complimenting his staff, the director of sales said, “Daryl looks ready to breakdance.”
- Robinson claims that the company did not provide him a cubicle like every other sales rep, but instead required him to work out of a cramped storage closet without air conditioning.
- Robinson suggested that there was no need for him to a take part in team building exercise involving employees’ baby photos, since he was the only African-American in the office. A colleague told him that if he opted out, she’d just use a photo of Buckwheat. True to her word, she inserted a Buckwheat photo and asked the team: “Who do you guys think this is?”
For its part, Marriott Vacations Worldwide provided a solid “no comment.”
2019 is off to a rousing start. Do you have an employer to nominate as this year’s Worst Employer? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop a comment below.