* The NAACP filed a class action suit against UPS on the behalf of 16 African-Americans for being passed over promotions and given dangerous work assignments because of race.According to Jet Magazine, the suit was a result of an investigation launched by the Oakland branch of the NAACP.
African-Americans in the Pacific region file a class action suit for poor advancement and poor initial work assignments. Resulted in a $12.14 Million settlement.
Four African-Americans in Las Vegas file suit for unequal supervision and unfair work assignments The UPSers accused the company of engaging in a continuing practice of racial discrimination.
An African-American filed suit for lack of advancement opportunity. At the time of the lawsuit only 2.5 % of full time supervisors were from minority groups
Two fired employees sue UPS and union because the firings were racial and discrimatory
Interesting reading. Case involves an African-American too upset by management to drive
An African-American marketing professional documents her racial harassment because of her inter-racial marriage. Her supervisiors ignored racist comments.and HR ignored her complaints. See this story at the top of the page.
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UPS Wins Racial Discrimination Suit
Six African-Americans and Hispanic Drivers File Suit In NY
"The drivers, who filed the lawsuit in State Supreme Court in Mineola, allege that the discrimination included being assigned to routes in high-crime areas; being made to pay for packages that were wrongly delivered and being publicly berated, according to the complaint. When they complained, they said, they faced increased workloads and scrutiny...Plaintiff David Ramos said a center manager berated him in front of other drivers by asking, 'Do you go home and tell your wife you're a failure?'" ARTICLE ADDED 3/9/05
The NAACP's National Office Is Investigating Claims Of Discrimination
The South Central Wake County NAACP website reports accounts of alleged racial and gender harassment by UPS management. Even though marketing professional, Millicent Lorraine Mercer reported the numerous incidents to human resources and upper management, the company did not take action. Full Story Here. J. Ronald White, the president of this local branch has attracted the attention of the NAACP's National Office. Mr. White writes:
"Mrs Mercer meet with Mr Julian Bond today (12/17/04) in Raleigh, NC. Mr Bond told her that National Office (of the NAACP) has a lot of claims against UPS. We need to help them along with this process. We now have Lawyers on board with us per Mr Bond."
The NAACP has an information request from any UPSers that may have been discriminated against because of race, sex, age, national origin, religion or handicapped status. NAACP INFORMATION ACQUISITION. NAACP link. UPS was honored as "NAACP Corporate Citizen of the Year Award" in 2002. Even though in June, 1997 the NAACP sponsored a class action suit (see *below) against UPS, the UPS Foundation began to donate large sums of money to the NAACP.. According to The Capital Research Center (LINK) The UPS Foundation granted over $1.5 million over a 3 year period. UPS Foundation Grants to the NAACP were: $1.5 million in donations the 3 years after the NAACP filed a class action suit against UPS.Coincidental?? The NAACP was $3.2 million in debt in 1996 when Kweisi Mfume took over the helm. Mfume is credited with revitalizing the organization. Did the NAACP see this corporate "donation" as an easy way to improve their financial condition at the expense of UPS employees? Mfume has recently resigned because of internal dissension according to USAToday. UPDATED 12/19/04
UPS AND DIVERSITY
Fortune Magazine recently ranked UPS number 23 of the “50 Best Companies for Minorities” on June 15, 2004. Perhaps Fortune Magazine should have looked into the class action lawsuits that UPS is losing and the EEOC charges that are being filed. Can all these charges and lawsuits be horrible exceptions to the rule?
UPS was honored with the "National Urban League Corporate Leadership Award" in November 2003. UPS has contributed more than $5 million to the National Urban League.
UPS also sponsors African-American newspapers through the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA). Although the goal was that 50 newspapers were to be online by summer, 2001, only 25 of the 200 African-American community newspapers are currently online.
Ten UPSers File EEOC Charges
Attorney for the employees, Leeds, Morelli & Brown, P.C., is alleging a pattern of discrimination exists at UPS on the basis of race, gender, national origin and retaliation. One of the UPSers, an African-American woman was daily subjected to comments like "smile for me mommy", "look at those titties", and "look at that bitch", Although she complained to UPS management and the Teamsters Union, no action was taken. She later was fired for being a trouble-maker.
An article at UnityFirst.com quotes, "These employees are hardworking, dedicated individuals who have been subjected to unacceptable working conditions at the hands of an insensitive and negligent management team," said Lenard Leeds, senior partner of Leeds, Morelli & Brown, P.C. and counsel for the 10 charging parties. "We are putting the Company on notice that disparity in the workplace will no longer be tolerated and we will continue to pursue this action until the proper changes are accomplished." A Newsweek article states "The suit says UPS "steered'' black and Hispanic drivers into more dangerous neighborhoods around New York City." Updated 12/2/04
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
- Martin Luther King, Jr
"We've got to be a little sharper, work a little harder," he said. "There is discrimination. There is a glass ceiling. I'm not naive, and I won't try to deny it. But if you prepare yourselves by developing the right skills and habits, you can smash right through it."
- Calvin Darden, United Parcel Service senior vice president, issued a blunt wake-up call to students at the historically black college
(Fort Valley State University)
Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News; 4/20/2001
Mr. Darden is retiring on March 31,2005.
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UPSers in Texas lose this EEOC case. "EEOC attorney Suzanne Anderson said the employees were issued conflicting work orders to encourage anger and insubordination, were scrutinized unnecessarily and were reprimanded without reason."
UPS used a coercive investigation to justify dismissing an African-American employee who was disabled.
Ten UPSers File EEOC Charges May 19,2004- Attorney for the employees, Leeds, Morelli & Brown, P.C., is alleging a pattern of discrimination exists at UPS on the basis of race, gender, national origin and retaliation. One of the UPSers, an African-American woman was daily subjected to comments like "smile for me mommy", "look at those titties", and "look at that bitch", Although she complained to UPS management and the Teamsters Union, no action was taken. She later was fired for being a trouble-maker.
Racism in Hawaii was so wide-spread that UPS had to retrain all management personnel in the state according to this EEOC lawsuit
Two of the Nine Board of Directors are African-Americans.