A first phase of staff cuts at Forest City Enterprises Inc. (NYSE: FCEA, B) eliminating 45 jobs at its Terminal Tower headquarters and six others nationally is underway.
Jeff Linton, spokesman for the national real estate developer and owner, said the cuts are part of the company’s effort to streamline processes as it restructures operations. Forest City plans to become a real estate investment trust early next year.
...In addition to the job reductions here, Forest City cut another five positions in New York City and one on the West Coast. ...
While Linton emphasized the structural nature of the corporate cuts, he acknowledged they are part of an effort to reduce costs in Forest City’s quest for better operating margins.
While that's part of the lawsuit, more prominent are claims of racial discrimination and retaliation, with black employees claiming repeated abuse by white supervisors, preferential treatment toward Hispanic colleagues, and retaliation in response to complaints.
Two individual supervisors, for example, are charged with referring to black employees as “black motherfucker,” “dumb black bitch,” “black monkey,” “piece of shit” and “nigger.”
Two have referred to an employee blind in one eye as “cyclops,” and “the one-eyed guy,” and an employee with a nose disorder as “the nose guy.”
There's been no official response yet though arena spokesman Barry Baum told the Daily News they, but take “allegations of this kind very seriously” and have "a zero tolerance policy for…