Five men have filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court against PharMerica, one of the nation’s largest pharmacy services corporations.

Four of the plaintiffs are originally from Somalia, and the other is from Ethiopia. According to the suit filed Wednesday at U.S. District Court, the men were hired in early 2007 as pharmacy technicians at PharMerica’s facility in Portland.

The men claim that over the next six months, they suffered persistent harassment and discrimination by white co-workers and supervisors, creating a segregated workplace where their rights were routinely ignored.

After reporting their concerns about the alleged hostile environment, the men claim to have been subjected to retaliation by PharMerica managers. The plaintiffs say that on July 30, 2007, they were all fired.

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