Protest held after Statesboro fast food worker says shift leader referred to him as racial slur

Updated: Dec. 15, 2020 at 6:53 PM EST
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STATESBORO, Ga. (WTOC) - A claim of racial slurs had people protesting outside a Statesboro fast food business.

Protesters stood outside the Dairy Queen for much of the day on Monday. Organizers say a now-former employee claimed a shift leader referred to him as a “monkey” on several occasions.

The group tossed bananas on the ground to call attention to what they say was racism - intended or not.

“Even if she was just playing, you can’t play like that. You can’t call a black male a monkey. That’s a hostile work environment. He had to quit,” protest organizer Eli Porter said.

WTOC contacted the local owner and DQ’s corporate office responded with the owner’s statement that the shift leader is no longer employed by the company, as of last week.

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