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AAA Faces Employment Discrimination Lawsuit

A group of current and former employees at AAA Carolinas are now suing the AAA company for racial and sexual discrimination, according to WSCOTV. An employment lawyer filed the suit in Charlotte, North Carolina on behalf of 10 men and two women. They say that they were denied promotions and subjected to racial and sexual slurs by managers at AAA. The AAA company is a national travel company that has multiple locations around the United States, including many office locations in the Houston area.

The lawsuit against AAA alleges that racial and sexual discrimination came from the AAA supervisors and managers and has been going on for a number of years. One employee, Eric Greene, told WSCOTV that he was demoted after complaining about the racial jokes in the workplace. After filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Mr. Greene claimed that he got an anonymous letter saying, "You better drop those charges with the EEOC because if you don't, something will happen to you and your family." Mr. Greene claimed that his car was stolen and set on fire that same day.

Employees have alleged that they were retaliated against if they complained about any supervisor behavior. The Associated Press also reports that some AAA workers have complained to the EEOC that less qualified white workers were promoted over more experienced African American employees. The lawsuit also states that substantial pay gaps between black and white workers existed at AAA.

However, AAA has denied the allegations of racial and sexual discrimination. The travel company issued a statement saying, "We vehemently deny these false accusations and we will vigorously defend ourselves in court."

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