Islip town labor relations director Rob Finnegan told Newsday that the foreman was suspended pending a civil service disciplinary hearing.
The suspended 43-year-old town employee, who was not identified, has worked for the town for 25 years. He was charged with misconduct and incompetence under state civil service law.
A black worker at the Central Islip parks department grounds maintenance shop filed a formal complaint with the town against the foreman. As an African-American, he said he felt his civil rights were violated. He declined to press criminal charges.