A California man on Monday filed a lawsuit with a national solar business, Vivint Solar, for racial harassment and discrimination.

Teshawn Solomon alleged a manager with the company's Sacramento-based location used racial slurs and built a clubhouse with his coworkers bearing a “White only” sign in the office during his employment there.

Solomon began working as a temporary worker for the solar business in February 2017, according to the Sacramento Bee.

The 36-year-old man had been promoted into a full-time permanent position with the company when he said he experienced a string of racial harassment instances by supervisors.

Solomon’s attorney, Cory Bennett, told the publication that the company created a "racially hostile work environment" where he was “consistently singled out for discrimination and harassment by his predominately Caucasian co-workers and supervisors."


Bennett said the black employee had been called a variation of the "n-word" so much by his manager, who was non-black, that it was like "part of his everyday vocabulary."

Solomon had told his manager not to use the racial slur but said the manager "tried to explain that he grew up with black people” to defend his use of the word, Bennett told the outlet. 

Solomon said the same manager said "monkeys like bananas" and handed him one, according to the suit obtained by the California news outlet.

The suit claimed the harassment escalated earlier this year when Solomon arrived to work to find that the same manager built a clubhouse out of cardboard boxes with other employees in the department and spray painted "White only" on the fortress near his desk. 

"It's like a white pride playhouse or something," Bennett told the publication.

Vivint Solar CEO David Bywater said in a statement obtained by The Hill that he is "deeply disturbed" by Solomon's allegations.
"I want to firmly state that Vivint Solar has a zero-tolerance policy for racial discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Our company is built on the strength of diversity," Bywater said. "The disturbing experience described by our former employee does not reflect the values or culture of Vivint Solar and stands in direct contradiction to our core values as a company."
Bywater said that several employees were disciplined and one employee was terminated after the company completed an internal investigation into Solomon's allegations.
He further added that the company "will engage an independent third-party to review our company policies and procedures related to the issues raised by this incident. 
"We are committed to making any recommended changes to help prevent an incident like this from happening again."
Updated: 12:38 p.m.