Whatever happened to having “a Coke and a smile.” Well apparently those days are over at a couple of Coca-Cola regional offices in New York. Black and Hispanic employees of the Queens, N.Y. and Elmsford, N.Y. locations have filed suit against the multi-national corporation, citing that their work environments are a “cesspool of racial discrimination.”
Complaints of this nature, which was filed in Brooklyn Federal Court, will be hard to prove considering most people racially fatigued in “post-racial” America. No one wants to hear from you complaining blacks and Mexicans (you know every Hispanic is Mexican in “post-racial” America).
Relegating minorities to unfavorable assignments, accusing superiors of unfair disciplinary and retaliatory actions against workers — all of which are more than likely true — sadly, will fall upon the deaf ears of our corporate-biased judicial system, which honors corporate personhood over subjective accounts of worker abuse.
If the Supreme Court threw out a multi-ethnic, multi race class action suit filed on behalf the discriminated female employees of retail giant Wal-Mart, issuing a ruling that basically informed the female plaintiffs they would have to sue the multi-billion dollar corporation individually, where do you honestly see this lawsuit going?
According to statement released by the lawyer for the 16 plaintiffs, Steven Morelli, Coca-Cola claimed the employees were “nuts” and “ingrates.” This alleged “ingrate” comment runs in stark contrast to one of the plaintiffs, Sondra Walker, who was quoted as saying the Coco-Cola job was akin to winning the lotto.
But I’m sure not too many minority lotto winners are accustomed to hearing themselves referred to as “Nappy Head” or “Aunt JaMamma,” well at least not directly to their face.
“I’ve never been called so many names as I have been at Coca-Cola,” Walker told the Daily News.
In a statement, Coca-Cola spokesman Toney Anaya said, “We take this matter seriously and are investigating the allegations.” The company, she said, doesn’t tolerate workplace discrimination.