WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is demanding Verizon Wireless take appropriate steps to protect employees against racism following reports that a worker in Lancaster, Ohio, endured racist attacks and retaliation.

“Verizon must take all necessary steps to ensure workers are able to perform their jobs without being subjected to racism or discrimination, and reinstate any workers who were fired as a result of discrimination,” said Brown. “Dr. King preached the deep connection between civil rights and workers’ rights. The two are inextricably linked and fighting for workers must also mean fighting the racism – both blatant and institutional – that makes it even harder for people of color to get ahead, no matter how hard they work.”