Black Whole Foods Worker Gets Trial on Failure-to-Promote Claim

Feb. 25, 2021, 6:05 PM

Whole Foods Market Group Inc. may have discriminated against a Black employee when it denied his requests for a promotion, and a jury could also find it subjected him to retaliatory harassment, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled.

Anthony Redley first started working for the company as a 20-year-old dishwasher in 2000. But he rose through the ranks and was made an acting assistant store team leader after about 11 years and then an assistant store team leader. That’s the second-highest position within Whole Foods stores, the court said.

Thereafter, he was repeatedly denied promotion to the top-level position, store...

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