- Associated Press - Thursday, June 5, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A contractor has fired a cotton-warehouse supervisor in Memphis, Tennessee, after two black employees accused him of saying that a microwave and a water fountain were for “whites only.”

In a statement, Federal Compress said the Atkinson Cotton Warehouse supervisor was removed from the warehouse and is no longer employed by the company. Federal Compress provides workers for the warehouse.

According to WMC-TV, Antonio Harris and Mario Mangrum filed racial discrimination complaints against the supervisor, who was not named by Federal Compress. Mangrum said the supervisor “used the word ‘monkey’ a lot.”

The owner of the warehouse, E.W. Atkinson, did not return a call seeking comment. The Associated Press could not immediately locate Harris or Mangrum by phone or at addresses listed for them.



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