Magazine article Workforce

Black Employees Sue Disney over Racial Discrimination

Magazine article Workforce

Black Employees Sue Disney over Racial Discrimination

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IN LATE MAY, THREE BLACK EMPLOYEES who work for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, filed a discrimination lawsuit against the entertainment giant. The employees are accusing the company of passing over minorities for management jobs and using a computer program to target white employees' resumes.

According to an Associated Press report, the lawsuit filed in federal district court in Tampa claims Disney discriminates in how it hires, promotes and sets wages. The employees are seeking an undisclosed sum in compensatory and punitive damages.

Among the plaintiffs in the case are Mary Hightower, a consultant in Walt Disney World's human resources department who claims she's been passed over for managerial positions. Patrice Palmer, a secretary with Disney Worldwide Services, alleges she hasn't had the same opportunities for pay raises, bonuses, promotions and advancement as white employees in the same jobs. Franklin Allen, an audio-visual employee, claims he doesn't earn as much as white workers in similar positions.

The lawsuit further alleges that Disney uses a computer program called Resumix System that can search for "key words" in resumes. …

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