A former Northlake car salesman has filed a lawsuit his former employer alleging he was the target of a racially motivated termination.
Laurence Phifer's attorney, Eugene Hollander, said his client was "subjected to numerous racial insults, including the n-word, racial jokes, and seeing offensive racial cartoons in the dealership."
Phifer said he was fired from Al Piemonte Suzuki after going to management to lodge a complaint. He said he was fired despite being a top-grossing salesman.
"It's ridiculous in this day and age to have to put up with something like that," Phifer said.
In a statement, the dealer said it was unaware of the discrimination claims until it was contacted by the media Thursday.
"We can assure you the company has a strict policy against discrimination of any kind and we take such allegations seriously," the company said. "Since we do not know the details of the allegations, we cannot comment further."