Ohio senators meet with GM leaders over racist acts at plant

February 2, 2019 GMT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s two U.S. senators have met with General Motors executives to express concerns over repeated incidents of racial harassment at the automaker’s transmission plant in Toledo.

Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown and Republican Sen. Rob Portman say they told GM officials this week they’re outraged by what’s been happening at the plant.

A group of GM workers in Toledo are suing the company, saying it hasn’t done enough to stop harassment that includes nooses, racist taunts and graffiti.

Portman says he told GM leaders the company needs to respond immediately and more forcefully.

Brown says GM needs to let workers know what it’s doing to make factories safe.

GM says it has no tolerance for racist behavior and that it’s taking steps to drive it out of the workplace.