Former BP Executive Sues for Discrimination, Harassment

A former BP top executive in Santa Ana has sued the oil company for harassment, discrimination and wrongful termination, claiming her colleagues frequently made racist and sexist complaints towards her. Former BP West Coast CFO Melphine Evans claims in the lawsuit that her supervisors and other colleagues told her that braiding her hair and wearing “ethnic” clothing made her coworkers “uncomfortable” and that she should only wear certain clothing “during ‘culture day’ or black history month.” After nearly 10 years with BP, Evans is claiming that she was fired and replaced with a younger, white male based solely on her race and gender.

Evans said in the lawsuit that she filed a complaint with her superiors about the alleged racism and that she was told that “she was the problem,” and she should warn her coworkers ahead of time when she “was going to be wearing something ethnic.” The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing dismissed a discrimination complaint Evans filed in 2012, claiming that it was “unable to conclude that the information obtained establishes a violation of the statute.”

Evans claims that BP’s reasons for firing her were solely to cover their “racist and sexist comments and actions,” as well as the “hostile and discriminatory treatment” she received while employed. She is seeking damages for race discrimination, gender discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination.

Everyone deserves fair and equal treatment in the workplace, no matter their gender or race. If you have experienced racial discrimination on the job, you may be able to seek compensation.

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Did You Know: Discrimination can be based on any racial characteristic, including skin, eye or hair color, and certain facial features.

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