Ex-J&J Human Resources VP Claims Culture Of Racial Bias

Law360, New York (June 27, 2013, 4:29 PM EDT) -- A onetime human resources vice president with Johnson & Johnson has sued the pharmaceutical giant in New Jersey over an alleged corporate culture of racial discrimination, claiming she was denied advancement and fired because she is black and protested the disparate treatment of minorities.

Francine Parham contends in a June 21 lawsuit in Middlesex County Superior Court that few African-Americans reached higher-level executive positions with J&J, which meant the New Brunswick, N.J.-headquartered company had a difficult time retaining talented black employees. This “leaky bucket” syndrome was...
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