A Beadle County man is suing his former employer for racial discrimination and wrongful termination.
According to a complaint filed in federal court on July 1, Larry Aldridge is accusing the Rapid City, Pierre and Eastern Railroad, for which he worked as an on-call engineer from 2014 to 2018, of firing him when he complained about a hostile work environment.
Aldridge, who is black, allegedly reported to his general manager and an HR manager instances in which a supervisor made racially-charged comments such as "blacks belong in the back (of the cab)" toward him. The complaint states that the manager has since been fired for her comments toward another employee.
Aldridge, who was terminated after the third time in two years he missed a call to work, also asserts he was punished more harshly for each offense than were employees of other races and that he was wrongfully terminated in retaliation for his complaints.