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New Yorkers can learn from Iowa workers

On Behalf of | Jun 4, 2020 | blog, Employment Law for Employees, Workplace Discrimination |

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield Insurance is being sued for alleged discrimination in the workplace by several African American employees. The disgruntled workers went to management to complain about their experience with racial discrimination while being employed by the company. They also claimed that employees have been denied certain promotional opportunities in the past based on their race. One employee, who felt they certainly deserved a raise after being recognized by stakeholders and given a bonus, still did not meet the requirements at their performance review.

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield has said that they are currently investigating the alleged complaints and are looking to fully vindicate themselves from the claims. They expect to find no racial profiling or discrimination in their investigations. On the contrary, they have vouched for themselves and their company’s commitment and history to supporting minorities and underrepresented groups in their employment pool. According to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index, Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield received a 100% score.

Given the current status of public affairs in today’s day and age, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the protests in response to the death of George Floyd, there has never been a better opportunity to speak out over discrimination, especially when it has been experienced in the workplace. Those who are worried over losing their employment status over their race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation, are more prone during these times.

It is crucial for someone in this situation to understand their legal rights and limitations given their circumstances. Being in touch with a lawyer who has experience in the realm of discrimination and employment law is the first step in ensuring that justice is served. Now is the time to step up, as there has never been more support.