Former Benjamin Moore Worker Says Paint Color Names Are Racially Insensitive
Clinton Tucker, a former Benjamin Moore paint employee from New Jersey, says the company named a couple of brown colors after him, and he is suing.
…Tucker’s suit claims he was given the boot in March after he repeatedly complained about the colors Tucker Chocolate and Clinton Brown.
Tucker alleges one of the colors was a part of the company’s Williamsburg Collection, a project he helped market.
‘Despite [Tucker’s] repeated complaints and protestations to BM management about these appallingly racial color names, no action was ever taken by Benjamin Moore to change the names of these colors,’ reads the suit.
The color remained on the Benjamin Moore website as of Sunday, where its description suggests the name has its origin in Colonial Williamsburg…
The suit notes that Benjamin Moore also has a paint color called Confederate Red ‘offensively described by Benjamin [Moore] as a “timeless and enduring classic.”‘
Tucker believes that he was denied opportunities to advance because of his race ‘despite spending countless hours in the office’ and that his ‘two white, blonde-haired and blue-eyed subordinates’ remained at the company after his termination.