Luther Spears worked for the Kroger Company for 24 years. For the past 12 years, he worked as a produce clerk in Mansfield.
During that time, he repeatedly applied for positions in the produce department, but was never promoted. Meanwhile, Spears, who is black, trained younger white employees who were promoted over him.
Spears finally filed a complaint with the EEOC, which filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the Cincinnati-based grocery chain.
EEOC regional attorney Jacqueline McNair told the Mansfield News Journal, “It’s really a shame that in 2008 we are still bickering over basic rights. Not being promoted into a job that you’re rightfully entitled ... yes, it’s bad.”
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