Union passed Black members over for jobs after boss caught on tape using slurs, AG says

A New Jersey chapter of the international iron workers union faces allegations of discrimination and fostering a racist work environment after a Black female ironworker filed a complaint alleging that Blacks and other minority workers were regularly given less-desirable, short-term assignments, while major construction projects including jobs at Newark Airport and the American Dream mall went to white workers.

Ironworkers Local 11 was hit on Tuesday with the first step in a civil rights complaint from the state Division on Civil Rights, which found probable cause after investigating the worker’s complaint.

In addition, Raymond Woodall, a former business manager with Ironworkers Local 11, is accused of using racial slurs — including the n-word and other derogatory terms — to refer to Black union members, according to documents made public Tuesday by the state Attorney General’s Offices.

Woodall could not be reached for comments. A message left with Local 11, a chapter of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Ironworkers Union, was not returned.

The state’s filing shows that Woodall, the former business manager, was in charge of assigning jobs to union members seeking work each day. The complainant said that after she confronted Woodall about a recording showing him using racial slurs, he stopped giving her regular work.

State authorities obtained a copy of a recording on which Woodall was allegedly heard using racial slurs. Authorities also claimed Woodall would regularly use a mass-calling system to send out prank phone messages using “highly inappropriate, derogatory language,” leaving “sexually explicit voice mails and derogatory impersonations of a stereotypical southern Black man.”

The woman who came forward has been a union member since 1998.

“Racist slurs and favoritism toward white workers are a daily reality for many Black and Brown workers,” said Rosemary DiSavino, the deputy director

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