Racial discrimination lawsuit filed in Lewis County Circuit Court

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LEWIS COUNTY, W. Va. (WDTV) -- A Tennessee man has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against a foreign company that does business in Lewis County, West Virginia.

According to the lawsuit, Michael B. Johnson, of Hamilton County, Tennessee, has filed a lawsuit against Schlumberger Technology Corporation. According to court documents, the incidents happened when he was living and working in Weston.

According to the lawsuit, Johnson, who is African American, was told by a safety representative that, "He didn't belong here." And, that, "He should not buy a house in the area." The court document also states that a different employee made several racial slurs and gender stereotyped comments to other employees at Schlumberger in Weston. That same employee allegedly asked female co-workers, who are in a same-sex marriage, who the man was in the relationship. He also allegedly made other inappropriate sexual comments to her.

In late August, early September of 2018, Johnson filed a formal verbal and written complaint with Human Resources. In October, Johnson checked back with the Human Resources representative to see if his complaints were addressed. Johnson alleges that the company took no corrective actions against the accused. He also alleges that the company did not properly investigate the issue.

A few weeks later, according to court documents, Johnson was laid off due to there being no work. No transfer was offered to a location with available work.

Johnson then accuses the company of replacing him with a Caucasian male despite there being no work. According to court documents, before Johnson was laid off, Schlumberger hired several employees with less experience and kept employees on with less seniority.

Johnson is accusing Schlumberger Technology Corporation of racial discrimination, retaliation for reporting discrimination and creating a hostile work environment based on race.

We've reached out to Schlumberger Technology Corporation for a comment, but have not heard back.

The lawsuit was filed in March.