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Novellus Sued Over Worker's "Racist" Rap Music

Law360 (September 19, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A Silicon Valley company has been hit with a lawsuit by the federal employment agency after it fired an assembly line worker who complained about a co-worker's racially charged hip-hop music.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims semiconductor equipment manufacturer Novellus Systems Inc. unlawfully terminated the black technician in retaliation for his complaints about the music.

The suit, filed Tuesday in the San Francisco district court, alleges that Michael Cooke was harassed and racially taunted by his coworker when he took offense at the N-word-laden...
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