Former Benjamin Moore employee sues company over 'racially insulting paint colors'

African-American man Clinton Tucker filed the suit about the colors "clinton brown" and "tucker chocolate."
By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   June 30, 2014 at 1:01 PM

NEWARK, N.J., June 30 (UPI) -- An African-American man named Clinton Tucker has filed a lawsuit against his former employer, Benjamin Moore, about the company's "despicable and racially insulting paint colors."

According to Tucker's suit, the company named a color "tucker chocolate" after he worked on a project to help launch the company's Main Street Matters campaign.

"Being a black man named Clinton Tucker, the plaintiff found this to be extremely racially offensive" the suit states.

Tucker claims he voiced his concerns at a meeting and that his remarks were met with "awkward silence."

"Clinton brown" and "confederate red" are other types of Benjamin Moore paints.

According to the suit, Benjamin Moore wrongfully terminated Tucker in March, but allowed his "two white, blonde-haired and blue-eyed subordinates" to keep their jobs.

Tucker is seeking damages for discrimination, retaliation and a hostile work environment.

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