IBM Was Unfazed By Bias Complaint, Fired Manager Testifies

By Cara Salvatore (April 8, 2021, 10:55 PM EDT) -- A former IBM sales manager suing the company over his firing testified on Thursday that he was deeply distressed when a Black subordinate saw a large commission slashed without explanation, and even more so as higher-ups didn't bat an eye when he labeled it racial discrimination.

Scott Kingston, who began his retaliatory firing trial against the company over Zoom on Monday, testified on Thursday that he rightly called out an issue when Black salesman Jerome Beard's expected $1 million-plus commission from a sale to HCL Technologies was reduced to $205,000.

From his 17-plus years at the company, Kingston knew it was...

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