USA: Former & existing Kellogg's employees file claims against co, alleging sexism, racism & bullying

Author: Patricia Resende, TurnTo10, Published on: 27 October 2016

[F]ormer and existing employees shared details of what it's like to work at the distribution center, which handles Keebler cookie products. (The Kellogg Company, the world's leading cereal company, paid $3.8 billion cash in 2000 to acquire Keebler Foods, the second-largest cookie and cracker company in the nation.)

Employees tell NBC 10, that while their products' marketing and labels might depict a family-friendly company, their workplace is riddled with bullying, racial slurs and unfair work practices.

[S]ome have even filed discrimination complaints...

Those complaints and others were filed after Kellogg established an Office of Diversity and Inclusion in 2005, not only to recruit and retain diverse employees, but to also create awareness of diversity issues...

"We take all claims very seriously and investigate each thoroughly ensuring all sides are taken into consideration and that all employees are treated fairly," Kris Charles, a Kellogg spokesperson wrote in a statement. "As a result, we take a variety of actions up to and including coaching and counseling, discrimination workshops, individual performance improvement plans and termination."

In order to protect the privacy of its employees, the company said it cannot comment on individual claims.

As for the lawsuits against the company, Charles said: "As a matter of policy, we do not comment on pending or past litigation."

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