- Associated Press - Friday, September 4, 2015

WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) - A former Parks and Recreation worker has filed suit against Mantua Township, alleging he was subjected to a hostile work environment.

The Courier-Post reports (https://on.cpsj.com/1QcLMEX ) Joseph Graciano filed the civil complaint, seeking lost wages and damages, in Gloucester County Superior court Aug. 21.

Graciano, who is of Mexican descent, says township administrators allowed co-workers to use racial slurs in his presence despite having a zero tolerance policy prohibiting “the use of slurs and derogatory comments.”

The suit states Graciano reported the offenses but was denied access to his own personnel file to see if his complaints were documented.

The suit also claims administrators gave preferential treatment to white employees, who were allowed to take vacation days and borrow township equipment.



Mantua Township officials say they haven’t received the lawsuit yet.

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Information from: Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, N.J.), https://www.courierpostonline.com/

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