Lawsuit: California business owner dressed like Trump racially harassed employee

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PLEASANTON, CA (KRON) — An employee of a construction company in Pleasanton has filed a lawsuit against the owners for racial discrimination and harassment after they impersonated President Trump and displayed Confederate flags around the office.

The lawsuit filed by Tishay Wright, an African American woman and a former employee of Southland Construction Management Inc., claims the owners made unwanted racial comments and was treated unfairly because of her race and gender.

Wright alleges that the CEO of the company, Kenneth Hayden, and CFO, Anita Hayden, impersonated Trump and decorated the office with photographs of the Confederate flags stating “The Southland Shall Rise Again.”

The Haydens took pictures in front of the flag with Kenneth dressed as Trump and Anita appearing to be a Trump supporter.

Wright also said Kenneth gave her a purse with the Confederate flag on it as a Christmas gift and inside were photos of him and his wife dressed as Trump and a supporter.

In a press release, Wright said she is suing “because no one should be treated this way in America in the year 2017. This is not Alabama in the 1940’s. This country is going backward and it has to stop.”

The law firm representing Wright will hold a press conference Thursday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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