by Max Brantley
On behalf of Nucor Corp. CEO John Ferriola, a spokesperson condemned the “hate, bigotry, and racism” in Charlottesville, Virginia, but said, “We will continue to serve as a member of the White House Manufacturing Jobs Initiative.”The article recounts a 2009 federal jury award of $1.2 million to six Arkansas black steelworkers who claimed Nucor had reacted with malice or indifference about a racially hostile workplace.
Nucor has other ties to Trump: Its former CEO Dan DiMicco served as Trump’s senior trade adviser and held a leadership role on the presidential transition team. As many critiqued the president’s comments equating white supremacists with those opposing them, DiMicco retweeted messages of support for Trump.
Nucor also has a history with hate, bigotry and racism, court records show.
At trial, one worker said the harassment made him feel like “less than a man. Less than a person. Embarrassed. Shamed.”DiMicco got particular attention:
DiMicco, before he became CEO, directly managed that Arkansas plant when some of the blatant racism allegedly occurred. Two black workers testified that they complained to DiMicco but that little came of it.The company didn't comment.
One said DiMicco even listened to a tape recording of a supervisor saying black workers were called “lazy-ass and working-class niggers.” The worker said DiMicco confiscated the tape, scolded him for recording it and failed to follow through on a promise that he wouldn’t have to continue working with the man who used racial epithets.