Offshore worker alleges bias in federal lawsuit

Posted at 3:20 PM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-23 16:20:49-04

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – An African-American offshore oil worker has filed a federal lawsuit saying he was intimidated on the job by a supervisor who drew a picture of him dangling from a high rig structure while surrounded by co-workers in Ku Klux Klan hats.
The lawsuit claims the worker was denied a promotion he was in line for after complaining. And it says he was removed from the rig off Louisiana’s coast after the supervisor bumped his shoulder during a confrontation.
The suit was filed in New Orleans this month by attorneys for Maurice Wilson of Morton, Mississippi. It seeks unspecified damages from Wilson’s employer, Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling, for failing to provide a safe workplace free from racial discrimination.
Transocean declined comment Wednesday and has not yet filed a response in court.