Black Employees of Long Beach, Calif., Allege Systemic Job Bias

June 10, 2021, 11:48 PM

The southern California city of Long Beach systemically discriminates against Black employees by paying them less, promoting them less frequently, and disciplining them more often than their non-Black counterparts, a proposed class action filed Thursday in Los Angeles alleges.

The employees allege violations of the Fair Employment and Housing Act and the California Equal Pay Act, including race discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and unequal pay. Their complaint describes a pattern of anti-Black culture, in which Black city employees are disproportionately hired into lower-paying job classifications, terminated, monitored, and subjected to biased advancement examinations.

Five named plaintiffs say they work or worked ...

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