USA: Workers file complaint against Verizon for alleged racial discrimination

Author: Michael Sainato, Shadow Proof (USA), Published on: 6 September 2019

"Verizon workers file federal complaints against alleged racist workplace culture", 5 Sep 2019

Several workers recently filed equal employment opportunity complaints against Verizon, accusing their employer of racial discrimination and ignoring or retaliating against them for making allegations.

Latasha French has worked at a call center in Verizon’ corporate office in Irving, Texas for over 17 years. She recently filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaint with the support of her colleague, Jennifer Womack. She claimed rampant racial discrimination has occurred within their department at Verizon, which is the largest wireless provider in the United States.

The allegations include claims that Verizon enables a work environment where managers, who are all white, have engaged in racially discriminatory behavior toward a predominantly black workforce and engaged in retaliation against workers, who have made formal complaints...

French claimed she was ostracized for making complaints about the behavior and harassed with several phone calls from management while on short term medical leave as she was diagnosed with lupus earlier this year...

“Verizon supports a racist culture,” Allen said. “Verizon either bullied you out or they fired you for small reasons.”

Verizon did not respond to multiple requests for comment on this story. 

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