SERIOUSLY? BP Exec Fired Over African Clothing: “Save It For BlackHistory Month” (DETAILS)
A senior executive at BP oil company is suing the corporation after she was allegedly told that her African clothing was “inappropriate” and made other employees feel “uncomfortable”.
Melphine Evans filed a lawsuit with Orange County Superior Court after she was fired from the company, stating that she was told her dashiki made others feel uncomfortable.
According to her, she was told by staff to “save it for Black History Month” or a special diversity day within the company.
She said employees told her:
‘You intimidate and make your colleagues uncomfortable by wearing ethnic clothing and ethnic hairstyles,’
‘If you insist on wearing ethnic clothing/hairstyles, you should only do so during ‘culture day,’ black history month or special diversity events/days. … ‘If you are going to wear ethnic clothing, you should alert people in advance that you will be wearing something ethnic.”
Her supervisors at BP are saying that this isn’t the case, and that they terminated Evans because she ’did not get along well with her teammates and colleagues.’
Evans charges that she was fired to cover for “racist and sexist comments and actions and … hostile and discriminatory treatment that was inconsistent with her similarly situated white counterparts at BP,” Courthouse News says.
BP spokesman Scott Dean told Courthouse News:
“Generally, BP does not publicly discuss personnel issues. However, BP treats all employees fairly. BP disagrees with the claims and will vigorously defend the suit.”