A former employee has filed a race discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against The Coca-Cola Company in Missouri Eastern District Court.
Christy Buchanan, a white female, claims she was subjected to discrimination by her former boss, Galen Bingham.
Buchanan alleges that even though she performed her job duties well, met her sales goals adn objectives, and had received generally excellent performance reviews prior to working under Bingham, Bingham criticized her using “subjective measures inconsistent with company policy.”
According to the complaint, “Bingham did not criticize male or black female employees using the same subjective criteria that he imposed on [Buchanan].”
Buchanan complained to Cathy Copeland, a Coca-Cola HR manager in Atlanta, about the alleged discrimination by Bingham.
Buchanan claims that other white, female employees had also made similar complaints to the company about Bingham.
After complaining about the alleged discrimination, Buchanan was placed on a Performance Improvement Plan. Buchanan was then fired on November 1, 2010 for “job performance issues.”
Buchanan alleges that there were no significant job performance issues that warranted her termination and claims that she was fired in retaliation for complaining about the race discrimination.