In 1988 several white managers of the Shoneyas restaurant chain protested against the companyas discriminatory hiring practices, including an order to blacken the aOa in aShoneyasa on minoritiesa job applications so that the marked forms could be discarded. When the managers refused to comply, they lost their jobs but not their resolveathey sued the company. Their case grew into the largest racial job discrimination class action lawsuit of its time. Shoneyas eventually offered to settle out of court, and the nearly 21, 000 claimants divided a $132.5 million settlement, bringing to an abrupt end a landmark case that changed corporate attitudes nationwide. The Black O is a fascinating, behind-the-scenes story populated with many unforgettable characters, including civil rights lawyer Tommy Warren, the former college football star and convicted felon who took the case; Ray Danner, the ironfisted former CEO who developed the Shoneyas concept; and Justice Clarence Thomas, former head of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which sat idly by for years while complaints mounted against Shoneyas. The Black O speaks to an issue that continues to have great urgency, serving as a stark refutation that the civil rights movement eliminated systemic discrimination from the workplace.Three Coast Guard officers, a Drug Enforcement Agency official, and a Customs Service agent all boarded the shrimp boat. ... In the hold, tucked behind a panel, was a Sears Kenmore trash compactor and a couple of hundred plastic garbage anbsp;...
|Title||:||The Black O|
|Publisher||:||University of Georgia Press - 2013-03-15|