With all the damage BP has done internationally, one would assume they’d have a little more tolerance for diversity in their business. Melphine Evans, a black female executive at BP, was allegedly terminated from the British oil giant because, according to them, the clothing she wore was inappropriate and should only be worn during cultural days, Black History Month or special diversity events. Evans is now suing the company.
According to the suit, filed with the Orange County Superior Court, several outrageous racially charged remarks aimed at Evans are outlined in the document, including the following:
“‘You intimidate and make your colleagues uncomfortable by wearing ethnic clothing and ethnic hairstyles (Dashikis, twists, braids/cornrows).”
“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 …”
Despite being an employee with the company for close to 10 years, Evans’ supervisors claim that she was terminated as a result of failure to get along with co-workers and was regularly involved with “bullying and overly aggressive behavior.” However, Evans’ yearly evaluation clearly stated: “Melphine is a people person. She engages her entire organization and is sincere in her desire to ensure all are valued and heard.”
“Generally, BP does not publicly discuss personnel issues,” BP spokesman Scott Dean told Courthouse News Service. “However, BP treats all employees fairly. BP disagrees with the claims and will vigorously defend the suit.”
Hopefully, the truth will be revealed about this issue soon.