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3 more plaintiffs join class action against American Express alleging discrimination toward White employees
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Three more plaintiffs have joined a class-action lawsuit filed in August alleging that American Express subjected White employees to "racially discriminatory" policies that fostered a hostile work environment.
"Since the filing of this lawsuit my firm has been inundated with calls from former and current Amex employees from all around the country who read the allegations of the complaint and couldn't believe how accurately they described their own experiences with the company," attorney David Pivtorak told FOX Business.
On Aug. 23, Pivtorak filed a class action on behalf of former Amex employee Brian Netzel and potentially thousands of other similarly situated employees following what the complaint described as "an avalanche of bad things coming to White people in that company once George Floyd was killed."
The lawsuit alleges that Amex implemented "anti-racism" policies throughout its corporate structure in the wake of Floyd's death that "gave preferential treatment to individuals for being Black and unambiguously signaled to White employees that their race was an impediment to getting ahead in the company."
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In an amended complaint, three new class representative plaintiffs allege discrimination similar to that which Netzel described.
Netzel told FOX Business at the time his complaint was filed that Amex's racial policies flooded the workplace with "a tremendous amount of animosity." He alleged White employees were unfairly punished or passed over for promotions, while some Black employees were promoted merely to meet racial quotas, and that some felt empowered to "root out in McCarthy-era fashion people who didn't agree with this overall philosophy."
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In his original complaint, Netzel alleged that his female manager, who is Black, would "aggressively harass and berate White employees" and that Amex was not only aware of her behavior but provided financial incentives to executives to reduce the number of White employees.