DETROIT --One former and one current African American employee of DaimlerChrysler are suing the company alleging racial discrimination.
The suit alleges that 12 people at DaimlerChrysler's West Business Center in California, "condoned, ratified and participated in discrimination," according to a press release issued Thursday, March 31, by a public relations firm representing the plaintiffs.
The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California on March 28.
The plaintiffs allege "a blatant pattern and practice of racial discrimination and wrongful acts, including assault and retaliation, slander and failure to promote," says the press released prepared by Fenton Communications in Washington D.C.
The lawsuit was not immediately available for review.
A call to Chrysler group public relations seeking comment was not returned at deadline.
The plaintiffs are William A. Gonzales, a former district manager, and Brenda F. Harrison, a current administrative assistant. Both worked in the West Business Center for more than 13 years, the press release said.
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