A new lawsuit against Walgreen Co. alleges “widespread racial bias against thousands of its African American workers.” From the Philadelphia Inquirer:
The lawsuit alleges that Walgreen assigns black managers, management trainees and pharmacists to low-performing stores and to stores in black communities, and that it denies them promotions based on race.
“Black managers are assigned to stores in black neighborhoods more often than one would expect, and black employees are not being promoted to management and within management as often as similar white employees,” EEOC regional attorney Robert Johnson said in St. Louis.
Walgreens denies the charges. “Our commitment is to providing opportunity to all employees – not only because it is the right thing to do, but because our business was built on this principle,” they said in a statement.—MEGHANN MARCO
Walgreen is the target of U.S. racial-bias lawsuit [Philadelphia Inquirer]