STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (WXYZ) — A noose is a shocking symbol of racism. And it had a shocking effect on Charlene Lust when she saw one hanging inside the Fiat Chrysler Assembly Plant where she worked in February.
She posted the picture on social media and within minutes she was fired. Two months later, she stands to lose even more.
“It did something to me," Luse says. "It got to the point where I did go to the doctor.”
She’s talked with the UAW, State Civil Rights and an attorney. So far, no one can help her.
She says she was asked, “Do you want money, do you want this or that? I just want a job.”
Two months later she’s behind in her rent and has gotten an eviction notice.
She worked as a maintenance contract employee for 8 months with a company called MacLellan Integrated Services. They would not comment.
She worked the overnight shift. She has 4 kids. Her oldest son, 16 would babysit.
FCA gave us these statements:
FCA does not tolerate retaliation against any person who reports a violation or participates in an investigation involving a workplace incident. Such behavior is strictly prohibited and anyone found engaging in such behavior will be dealt with accordingly. FCA has a zero-tolerance policy regarding harassment or discrimination of any kind. The incident at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in February was the subject of an exhaustive investigation conducted by external investigators. Although we have been unable to identify the person responsible, if and when that person is identified, their relationship with the company will be terminated. FCA will continue to conduct focused training to underscore the value of diversity and inclusion. This type of behavior will simply not be tolerated.