California woman sues for racial employment discrimination

A California woman has sued her former employer after she was terminated. She is suing for employment discrimination based off her race and other biased treatment. The California employer has challenged the allegations against the company and has stated that it plans to fight the claims in court.

The woman worked for BP for just under ten years as an executive prior to her termination. She claims that racial comments were made in regard to how she wore her hair and the type of clothes she dressed in. Her management team allegedly stated that braiding her hair should be reserved for ethnic holidays. As far as her clothing, she was told that it made her fellow co-workers feel uncomfortable. Management went so far as to request that the woman warn her colleagues ahead of time before wearing ethnic clothing.

After her termination, the African-American woman was supposedly replaced by a Caucasian male. BP defended against the allegations and claimed that the company operates in an impartial manner toward all of their employees. In spite of the Department of Fair Employment dismissing her initial complaint, the woman states in her lawsuit that the company terminated her just weeks after she was given positive performance feedback reviews for her leadership skills and other values.

According to the woman, the reason the company gave for terminating her did not match the actual events that occurred on the job. She claims that this is just an attempt to cover up their racial motivation for terminating her in the first place. In this employment discrimination case, she has pursued legal action based on a number of factors, including retaliation and harassment. The civil court system in California typically adjudicates these types of matters based upon evidence that substantiates the plaintiff's claims.

Source: courthousenews.com, Courthouse News Service, Jamie Ross, Dec. 5, 2013

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