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    Man Sues Benjamin Moore over Paint Names

    Not trying to paint this guy as a victim, but you have to admit it shouldn't just be brushed aside.

    NEWARK — A New Jersey man named Clinton Tucker is suing former employer Benjamin Moore, claiming discrimination regarding the paint company's colors "clinton brown" and "tucker chocolate."

    Tucker, who identifies himself as an African-American man in the lawsuit filed in Essex County court in Newark, said he was hired in June 2011 in the digital marketing department but quickly found himself being discriminated against, according to a write-up of the filing on CourthouseNews.com.

    Tucker is seeking damages for discrimination, retaliation and a hostile work environment, according to the suit.

    He claimed that when working on the online arm of Benjamin Moore's campaign for their Williamsburg color collection, he learned of the new color "tucker chocolate," which the suit called "extremely racially offensive."

    The Williamsburg collection also has colors named tucker orange and tucker gray.

    Tucker then learned of the existing color "Clinton Brown," which a co-worker pointed out to him as a joke.

    "Despite [Tucker's] repeated complaints and protestations to BM management about these appallingly racial color names, no action was ever taken by Benjamin Moore to change the names of these colors," according to the suit.

    Tucker also claimed that he was demoted while white co-workers were given promotions, and that his request to take off work on Martin Luther King Jr. Day was ignored.

    Benjamin Moore eventually fired Tucker in March, but retained his "two white, blonde-haired and blue-eyed subordinates," according to the lawsuit.

    Benjamin Moore did not comment on the suit, according to the report. The company is based in New Jersey.

    http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/20...int_names.html

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    "....it shouldn't just be brushed aside"
    Why not?

    Seems like same old same old to me. ****ty employee gets fired, but he's black, so it's not that he sucked, it's that the employer is racist.

    So common it's almost a stereotype itself nowadays.

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    Change anything that offends anyone.

    Who cares how stupid it is.

    Paint color names. More important than doing your job (or having one).

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    getting real tired of this crap

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_0515 View Post
    Change anything that offends anyone.

    Who cares how stupid it is.

    Paint color names. More important than doing your job (or having one).
    "Clinton Brown" was a name of a Benjamin Moore paint hue before Clinton Brown worked for Benjamin Moore the paint company. Was this precognitive racism? Preemptive bigotry?

    Get real.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warfish View Post
    Why not?

    Seems like same old same old to me. ****ty employee gets fired, but he's black, so it's not that he sucked, it's that the employer is racist.

    So common it's almost a stereotype itself nowadays.
    What I did there; you didn't see it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetworks View Post
    Not trying to paint this guy as a victim, but you have to admit it shouldn't just be brushed aside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jetworks View Post
    What I did there; you didn't see it?




    That was quite the primer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet_Engine1 View Post
    "Clinton Brown" was a name of a Benjamin Moore paint hue before Clinton Brown worked for Benjamin Moore the paint company. Was this precognitive racism? Preemptive bigotry?

    Get real.
    I was being facetious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishooked View Post
    That was quite the primer.
    What Jetworks posted was very colorful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishooked View Post
    That was quite the primer.
    Quote Originally Posted by John_0515 View Post
    What Jetworks posted was very colorful.


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    Quote Originally Posted by John_0515 View Post
    Change anything that offends anyone.

    Who cares how stupid it is.

    Paint color names. More important than doing your job (or having one).
    "I don't believe in anything anymore. All I know is that nobody is better than anyone else and everbody's the best at everything. "
    -Seymour Skinner

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishooked View Post
    That was quite the primer.
    Quote Originally Posted by John_0515 View Post
    What Jetworks posted was very colorful.

    yeah...you really had to strip back the layers to see what was there.

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    All this hue and cry over a name-färging PC world of ours

    In my day Gary > Benjamin
    Last edited by Jungle Shift Jet; 06-30-2014 at 09:23 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jetworks View Post
    What I did there; you didn't see it?



    Flew about ten feet over my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peebag View Post
    yeah...you really had to strip back the layers to see what was there.
    I think we're just painting everyone with the same brush here.....

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    Ok, so maybe it was racial,, but more importantly, do we have pics of the white haired blue eyed female subordinates, the way it was written says "hot chicks" to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_0515 View Post
    I think we're just painting everyone with the same brush here.....
    Other Benjamin Moore colors that could potentially be a problem...

    Southside UnPopped Cherry Red
    Ragootz' Liver Yellow
    32 Green*











    * actual color unknown

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    Quote Originally Posted by crossfire View Post
    Other Benjamin Moore colors that could potentially be a problem...

    Southside UnPopped Cherry Red
    Ragootz' Liver Yellow
    32 Green*











    * actual color unknown

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    Quote Originally Posted by crossfire View Post
    Other Benjamin Moore colors that could potentially be a problem...

    Southside UnPopped Cherry Red
    Ragootz' Liver Yellow
    32 Green*











    * actual color unknown
    Oh, I like this game. Me too:

    FF2 Flaming Pink

    Warfish Blues

    Ruby Red?

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    Can't wait for 'white'.

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