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BP Accused of Racism Against Fired Black Top Exec

12/9/2013, 4:38 p.m.
BP fired a top executive after warning her that braiding her hair and wearing dashikis made her colleagues "uncomfortable."
Melphine Evans.

SANTA ANA, Calif. - British Petroleum Oil Co. is a slippery situation, due to a recent allegation of racism from a former employee, per CN.

Melphine Evans, a former top BP exec, has sued BP West Coast Products, BP Products North America and nine people in a lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court.

BP fired Evans, after warning her that braiding her hair and wearing dashikis made her colleagues "uncomfortable," and that she should do so only "during 'culture day' [or] black history month," the former West Coast CFO claims in court.

Evans starting working for BP in 2001, and claims she was fired after nearly 10 years with BP, and subsequently replaced with a younger white male, after a series of overtly racial complaints.

Evans also claims BP's reasons for firing her were to cover its "racist and sexist comments and actions and ... hostile and discriminatory treatment that was inconsistent with her similarly situated white counterparts at BP."

She seeks damages for race and gender discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination.