RIVERHEAD - A Riverhead man is suing vitamin wholesaler Nature's Bounty for alleged wrongful termination and racial discrimination.

For 3 years, Tyrone Crump worked the graveyard shift unloading trucks for the vitamin wholesaler. In 2009, company officials told him that witnesses saw him stealing from the warehouse, and he was forced to leave his post immediately.

According to Crump, company officials also made racist statements on numerous occasions, pushing Crump to complain to the state equal employment opportunity commission and file a lawsuit.

A representative from Nature's Bounty says the company takes great pride in its anti-discriminatory employment practices and that Crump?s allegations are without merit.

Both sides are scheduled to appear in court Friday.