Kenneth Thompson, a New York attorney and former federal prosecutor, has filed a $200 million racial discrimination lawsuit against Compass Group PLC, a London-based food company that is regarded as the largest in the world of its kind.
The class-action suit has been filed on behalf of eleven current and former employees working at The Comcast Center in Philadelphia as well as others who are part of the 100,000 workers Compass employs in the US.
The suit claims that the plaintiffs were victims of multiple acts of racial discrimination by co-workers and company management. It charges that black workers were the target of racial slurs, were denied promotions and were forced to work only in the kitchen area while white workers were brought in to work private events.
"This lawsuit has been filed to make sure no other Black employees at Compass or anywhere else are ever called the n-word, gorilla, referred to as chimps, or denied equal treatment when they are just trying to do their jobs," Thompson says based on the Complaint.
According to the Philadelphia Daily News, The Compass Group issued a statement from its US headquarters in Charlotte, NC stating that "Compass Group has clear and strong policies, that embrace diversity, inclusion and respect in the workplace and prohibit any sort of behavior that is contrary to these values."
"These are hardworking Black people who want to be left alone to do their jobs," Thompson adds. "They are Americans who go out and work hard and just want to be treated right." For more info on the case visit this site.
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