& # 039; BLACK INDIVIDUAL REPELLENT: Maori man sued Rainbow Beach Adventure Company

A year after he was denied the request for an umbrella, supposedly due to the color of his skin, McDuff Tupetagi, who is a Maori Niui, received an empty sunscreen can with yellow tape with the words

A Maori is suing his employer from the travel company for allegations that he was given a bottle of "black-type repellent" when he asked his co-workers for sun protection.

McDuff Tupetagi launched a case with the Queensland Labor Relations Commission, alleging that Rainbow Beach Adventure Company vilified him racially on several occasions.

He alleges in court documents that he was made to feel "like an unwanted creature or plague" and referred to him as "the black boy" in the company of Fraser Island, The Brisbane Times reported.

He claimed that the company's alleged continued defamation resulted in his taking leave for illness and mental anguish.

A year after he was denied the request for an umbrella, supposedly due to the color of his skin, McDuff Tupetagi allegedly received an empty sunscreen boat with yellow tape with the words & # 39; Black Guy Repellent & # 39; as & # 39; present & # 39 ;, according to court documents.

The court documents say that since then he received psychiatric support and was diagnosed with agoraphobia and depression.

In 2016, Mr. Tupetagi allegedly asked his boss if he could install an umbrella to protect him while working in the company's cars.

Three months later he submitted his request again to his boss, who took the request to his manager & # 39; Byron & # 39 ;.

"Byron" approached the plaintiff and rejected the plaintiff's request, and told the plaintiff words like "because you're black," the statement of facts reads.

"By Byron's words, Byron imputes to the plaintiff that he was less susceptible to sunburn and skin damage caused by the sun because of the color of his skin."

McDuff Tupetagi, who is a Maori man from Niue, claimed that his employer, Rainbow Beach Adventure Company, racially vilified him more than once (Pictured: one of the company's rental cars)

McDuff Tupetagi, who is a Maori man from Niue, claimed that his employer, Rainbow Beach Adventure Company, racially vilified him more than once (Pictured: one of the company's rental cars)

McDuff Tupetagi, who is a Maori man from Niue, claimed that his employer, Rainbow Beach Adventure Company, racially vilified him more than once (Pictured: one of the company's rental cars)

Almost a year later, on November 8, 2017, Tupetagi stated that his co-workers said there was a "gift" for him in one of the cars in which he should work.

What he found was an empty sunscreen tin with yellow tape around it.

On the tape, the words & # 39; repellent black man & # 39; They were written on one side and & # 39; Caution! Only use in blacks & # 39; in the other, the court documents affirm.

Mr. Tupetagi approached his boss and told him what had supposedly happened.

The boss said that he named the employee who was probably responsible and sent him to Mr. Tupetagi's residence to apologize.

Mr. Tupetagi has launched a case with the Queensland Labor Relations Commission (pictured) against the travel company and two of its employees after ongoing negotiations with the company

Mr. Tupetagi has launched a case with the Queensland Labor Relations Commission (pictured) against the travel company and two of its employees after ongoing negotiations with the company

Mr. Tupetagi has launched a case with the Queensland Labor Relations Commission (pictured) against the travel company and two of its employees after ongoing negotiations with the company

A week later, Mr. Tupetagi obtained a medical certificate and a workers' compensation certificate.

This declared him unable to work due to the stress of the alleged racial discrimination he had faced.

Rainbow Beach Adventure Company is owned by Website Travel Group, which told Fairfax: "We value all our employees and support the procedures."

The matter will be heard in the coming weeks.

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