6:40 PM EST, February 18, 2013
Several black former employees of a Danville school say it discriminated and intimidated black workers.
Those employees went public with their claims late Monday afternoon.
More than half a dozen black former workers say leaders at the Hughes Center weren't nice on purpose.
They say white employees used the 'n' word when referencing a black employee.
And bosses often use slang greetings, like "What's up home girl?" and "Yo Yo Yo" among other references.
Monday they said they've had enough.
The employees were represented by the Danville chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People or NAACP and leaders with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
One worker also filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
One of these employees says they found a doll connected to a tree at the Hughes Center last year.
They say it's racially motivated with a black face and clothes similar to what a slave wore.
Leaders aren't tolerating this.
"You can not have a hostile working environment and not respond to that. You're libel for that and so we need people in the community to understand that you can not have a hostile working environment and turn your head," said Reverend William Avon Keen, the chapter president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
The civil rights organizations first learned about this after the employee said they found the doll.
The Hughes Centers is a school for teens and young adults with learning disabilities.
WDBJ7's Justin Ward reached out to the center this afternoon.
The CEO says he doesn't know what these employees are talking about.
He didn't want to go on camera but says the claims aren't true, and the school will respond to any complaints.
Click here to read the statement from the Hughes Center.
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