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A civil trial has been set for John Bandy, the man who claimed he and other whites were discriminated against by his former employer because of their race, and the company he is suing, Shenandoah Growers.

The trial by jury is set for Oct. 26 to 28 next year in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg.

Specifically, Bandy, of Roanoke County, alleged he was fired for claiming whites were discriminated against at Shenandoah Growers north of Harrisonburg. Bandy filed the lawsuit on May 7.

Shenandoah Growers has denied the allegations and said Bandy was fired because of profit loss.

Bandy had 37 years of relevant work experience when he was hired to oversee the Shenandoah Growers Harrisonburg packinghouse in February 2019, according to the lawsuit. After starting work, he was approached by two white, English-speaking workers, according to the lawsuit.

“The Caucasian, white, English-speaking employees informed Mr. Bandy that there was a pattern and practice of Caucasian, white, English-speaking employees being terminated, or constructively discharged, in favor of Latino, Spanish-speaking individuals,” the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit states Bandy went to human resources in March 2019 to discuss what he had seen since he started at the company.

Bandy claims the director of HR cited another supervisor who had said “it was best to hire Hispanic women because they’re harder workers [than Caucasian employees].”

After hearing this, Bandy began weekly trainings with supervisors to reduce discrimination, according to the lawsuit.

On June 7, 2019, Bandy took formal disciplinary action against a supervisor, claiming discriminatory and abusive language directed at a subordinate worker, according to the lawsuit.

A week later, Bandy was called into HR and fired, according to the lawsuit. Shenandoah Growers cited “profit decline” and no probability of improvement. In addition, according to the lawsuit, “supervisory staff indicated a loss in faith in [Bandy’s] ability to lead.”

On July 6, the company filed a response to Bandy’s lawsuit.

“During the plaintiff’s .... tenure as GM of the Harrisonburg packinghouse, the packinghouse’s productivity and efficiency declined to such a degree that it correlated to over $600,000 in additional expenses,” the response states.

A mediation between Shenandoah Growers and Bandy has also been set for Dec. 8. In mediation, the plaintiff and defendant will meet to try and come to a mutually agreeable deal to avoid having to go to trial.

Contact Ian Munro at 574-6278 or imunro@dnronline.com. Follow Ian on Twitter @iamIanMunro

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Donald

““The Caucasian, white, English-speaking employees informed Mr. Bandy that there was a pattern and practice of Caucasian, white, English-speaking employees being terminated, or constructively discharged, in favor of Latino, Spanish-speaking individuals,” the lawsuit states.”

I am shocked! Shocked, I say!

https://www.jmu.edu/lacs/_files/Zarrugh-LatinizationValley.pdf

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