Darren Smith v. D'Arrigo Bros. Co. of New York, Inc., et al.

Federal Complaint


Darren Smith says working at the D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of New York, Inc., was analogous to working on a “plantation.”

Smith, who is African American, said that he started working at D’Arrigo Bros. on June 5, 2001 and endured racially offensive behavior from several white supervisors and managers but did not quit because he feared he would not find another job in the current economic climate.

The lawsuit alleges that from June 5, 2001 through his termination, on August 5, 2011, defendants’ LARRY HETZ (Caucasian Male) and TIMOTHY HARRISON (Caucasian Male) belittled and degraded the minority male employees using racially offensive jokes, poor work assignments and no promotional opportunities. The lawsuit alleges that defendants LARRY HETZ and TIMOTHY HARRISON along with the other Caucasian male employees would say things such as: “Why are aspirins White? Because they work; what did God say when he saw the first Black man? Oops, I burnt one; how many Black people does it take to pave a road? Depends on how heavy the roller is,” just to name a few.

“I was disgusted everyday experiencing how they treated us. They treated us like slaves, throwing us scraps of food after they picked what they wanted, it was disgusting” says Smith. “The guys would just allow themselves to be treated like garbage.”

LOADING PDF: If there are any problems, click here to download the file.

Reference Info:Pleadings | Federal, 2nd Circuit, New York | United States

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Eric Sanders, The Sanders Firm, P.C. | Attorney Advertising

Written by:


The Sanders Firm, P.C. on:

Readers' Choice 2017
Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:

Sign up to create your digest using LinkedIn*

*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.

Already signed up? Log in here

*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.