High Court Upholds Dismissal of Lawsuit

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by black workers who claimed a supervisor used a racial slur when talking about them.

The black workers sued the Fluor Daniel Services Corp. in 2003 in Jasper County Circuit Court. In 2007, the Supreme Court reinstated the lawsuit, which had been dismissed in 2005.

A judge dismissed the lawsuit again in 2008 after finding the plaintiffs waited too late to file a claim of intentional infliction of emotional distress. The Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision Thursday, sided with the trial judge.

The workers claimed the supervisor used racial slurs to refer to them while giving directions to Mexican workers.

Fluor Daniel claimed it was not liable for the comments made by the supervisor, who also is Mexican, according to the court record.

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