DeAndre Martin, a 24-year-old Missouri man who’s been the target of several racially offensive drawings at work, is now calling on his employer to take action.
Martin works for Convergys, a customer service company, in Arnold, Mo., and told St. Louis Fox affiliate KTVI that on July 11th he found a crude drawing of a man hanging from a tree at his desk. Then, on July 15th, Martin was leaving work as he found his car—which was parked in the company parking lot—spray painted with a noose, “f*** you” and “n*****.”
“You see the N-word and then a big picture of a noose, and that's a big deal to me," Martin told the station. "The first time never should have happened, and the second time was over the top. It's always like a shock and awe but then suddenly anger sets in." Martin also said the actions were disconcerting given the significant amount of talk regarding racism during and after the George Zimmerman trial.
In a statement to the station, a representative from Convergys said, “We have received a complaint from an employee that includes disturbing images. These images in no way reflect the Convergys` culture. Please be assured that we are taking the allegation very seriously and it’s under active investigation.”
Martin told the station he spent over $300 getting his car cleaned, and wants a proper resolution to this matter.
“I want something this traumatic to be noticed, something has to change I mean immediately,” he said. “In my family our goal is to go as far as we can and be the best people we can be. It’s important to treat each other the way we want to be treated that’s our goal in life.”
This isn’t the first time Convergys was accused of discrimination in the workplace. In 2011, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the company for religious discrimination after it refused to hire a man who claimed his religion forbade him from working on Saturdays, according to The Huffington Post.