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    Posted: Dec 10 2013 at 12:27pm

Senior BP executive told her braided hair and African dress made other staff feel 'uncomfortable' and to 'save it for Black History Month'

  • Melphine Evans, a black female executive at BP, says she was told to 'alert her colleagues in advance' before showing up to work wearing 'ethnic' clothing

A black female executive at British oil giant BP is suing the company, alleging she was told that the clothing she wore was inappropriate, and should only be worn 'during ‘culture day,’ black history month or special diversity events.'

Melphine Evans was vice president and CFO at two BP subsidiaries before she was fired.

According to the suit, filed with the Orange County Superior Court this week, Evans says that her supervisors told her that her dashiki and braided hair made other employees 'uncomfortable.'

Lawsuit: Melphine Evans is suing British oil giant BP, alleging she was told that the clothing she wore was inappropriate, and should only be worn during ¿culture day,¿ black history month or special diversity events

Lawsuit: Melphine Evans is suing British oil giant BP, alleging she was told that the clothing she wore was inappropriate, and should only be worn during ¿culture day,¿ black history month or special diversity events

Dress down: According to the suit, filed with the Orange County Superior Court this week, Evans says that her supervisors told her that her dashiki and braided hair made other employees uncomfortable
Dress down: According to the suit, filed with the Orange County Superior Court this week, Evans says that her supervisors told her that her dashiki and braided hair made other employees uncomfortable

Dress down: According to the suit, filed with the Orange County Superior Court this week, Evans says that her supervisors told her that her dashiki and braided hair made other employees 'uncomfortable'

Melphine Evans is suing BP Products North America, her former BP West Coast Products office in La Palma and nine individuals.

Evans was told, 'You intimidate and make your colleagues uncomfortable by wearing ethnic clothing and ethnic hairstyles,' according to the suit, as reported by Courthouse News.

 


    '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.''

    Evans’ supervisors and defendants in the case, Rita Griffin and Nick Elmslie, allegedly told her that they were terminating her employment because she 'did not get along well with her teammates and colleagues.'

    No diversity here: Discomfort making? Ms. Evans was told If you are going to wear ethnic clothing, you should alert people in advance that you will be wearing something ethnic

    No diversity here: Discomfort making? Ms. Evans was told 'If you are going to wear ethnic clothing, you should alert people in advance that you will be wearing something ethnic'

    But Evans’ official 360 evaluative performance feedback reviews, completed by colleagues that were selected by Griffin and Elmslie, indicate that Evans was considered 'a people person' who 'engages her entire organization and is sincere in her desire to ensure all are valued and heard.'

    Evans joined BP in 2001, worked in several leadership positions and was sent to the La Palma facility's finance office in 2008.

    Evans states in her lawsuit that her employer made up 'bullying and overly aggressive behavior' complaints used to fire her to cover up 'racist and sexist comments and actions and ... hostile and discriminatory treatment that was inconsistent with her similarly situated white counterparts at BP.'

    The suit quotes a performance feedback review that allegedly 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 said in a statement, 'However, BP treats all employees fairly. BP disagrees with the claims and will vigorously defend the suit.'




    Edited by JoliePoufiasse - Dec 10 2013 at 12:29pm
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (14) Thanks(14)   Quote kfoxx1998 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 10 2013 at 12:30pm
    BP is a culture of stupidity to bring more negative attention to themselves after working so hard to prove they are a caring, responsible company.  If true, may she reap the benefits of the oil industry in a new and shockingly lucrative way. 
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (5) Thanks(5)   Quote GG Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 10 2013 at 12:31pm
    Smh @ them being "uncomfortable"
    They just didn't like her being in charge and found any stupid reason to try and make her concede to their whims.



    Edited by GG - Dec 10 2013 at 12:40pm
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (5) Thanks(5)   Quote Naturalchick30 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 10 2013 at 12:33pm
    Fucc they're feelings...
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (5) Thanks(5)   Quote BrownQtee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 10 2013 at 12:37pm

    Of course those yt folks were uncomfortable. Being around a powerful black woman that had the gall to wear traditional african clothing? I could only imagine the feelings that got caught. I hope she makes out like a bandit.

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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote SN2BPHD Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 10 2013 at 12:46pm
    You know she is going to sue.
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (12) Thanks(12)   Quote JoliePoufiasse Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 10 2013 at 12:50pm
    I found this response from a poster on BV regarding the topic. I thought it was profound:

    "One of the hardest lessons I had to learn was that a person I was in a relationship with actually HATED me and want me to have NOTHING and I mean absolutely,not even the boxers I wore. It is the same principal with a segment of our society when it comes to race, a segment HATE us so much they don't want us to have our self-esteem, pride, joy or Blackness. Instead of us a Black race believing for some unknown reasons White people love, accept or many times 
    even like us is based on our psychological issues. How many times must we read and experience these traumas for us to understand that the only thing that stands between us now and pre July 2, 1964 is the Civil Rights Bill.Make no mistake many would vote to repeal that law if they could get away with it."


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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (4) Thanks(4)   Quote uppitynegroid Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 10 2013 at 1:04pm
    I'm surprised this stuff still happens. I thought by now everyone has got the memo on sexual harassment, workplace discrimination and the plethora of other actions that consistently get people sued in 2013.
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    Post Options Post Options   Thanks (9) Thanks(9)   Quote liesnalibis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 10 2013 at 1:30pm
    And y'all think these weaves and perms aren't a step backwards...
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    When in Rome *Shrugs*
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