Four members of staff from Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital have appeared in court accused of harassment.
All four denied the charge when they appeared before magistrates in Lynn last month, before they attended a preliminary hearing at Norwich Crown Court on Wednesday.
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.
They all 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 men, who have already pleaded not guilty to the charges against them, were released on conditional bail to return to Norwich Crown Court on June 12, when a plea and case management hearing will take place.
Hospital officials have previously confirmed that the men are employees of the trust.
However, they say they will not be making any further comment until the legal process has been completed.