Daily Archives: November 16, 2009

Mercedes dealership ex-employee alleges racial harassment

Garland Latta, 41, who is black, filed a lawsuit against Mercedes-Benz of Anaheim after he was subjected to workplace bullying on the part of his coworkers and managers.  Latta began working at the dealership in November 2008, and he alleges that the first incident of racial harassment occurred one month later.

According to the lawsuit, Latta was called a “monkey” and was told, “You eat like a (n-word).”  Despite the fact that Latta complained to managers about the harassment and hostile work environment, they refused to discipline the employees who bullied Latta.  In one instance, a manager responded by telling Latta, “You brought this on yourself.  Should everyone watch what they say around you?”

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Boss donates kidney to save employee’s life

As employees at a liquor store in Lehigh Valley, PA noticed their coworker Rob Fenstermaker slowly dying of polycystic kidney disease, a hereditary and fatal condition, their discussions about how to help led a few employees to get tested to determine if their kidneys were potentially compatible to Rob’s.

Their boss, Brian DeAngelis, also agreed to be tested, and his kidney was found to be a perfect match for Rob.  Brian did not hesitate, and in May 2009, doctors successfully carried out the transplant operation that saved Rob’s life.

Brian Deangelis

Brian DeAngelis

Rob Fenstermaker and his amazing boss have fully recovered from the operation and both have returned to work.  They are now close friends who share a unique bond.

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