Four members of staff at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital have appeared in court to deny allegations of harassment.
All four men face a single charge of harassment, which is said include the use of racist language, jokes and intimidating behaviour.
The alleged offence is said to cover a period of several months between February 1 and November 7 last year.
The defendants are William Clunan, 58, of Reffley Lane, Gaywood; Wayne Gibbs, 37, of Queen Mary Road, Gaywood; Richard Lovell, 46, of Garwood Close, Gaywood and Allyn Witham, 61, of Langridge Circle, Watlington.
All four men appeared before Lynn magistrates on Thursday and have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.
They were all released on conditional bail to appear at Norwich Crown Court on April 8.
The hospital trust has confirmed the men are employed by them.
In a statement issued yesterday, Gerry Dryden, the hospital’s director of human resources, said: “The Trust is aware of this case regarding its employees and has co-operated fully with the police during their investigation.
“It is inappropriate for us to comment further until any judicial process and our own internal investigations have concluded.”