Roberts Vs. Texaco
A True Story of Race and Corporate AmericaBook - 1998
A former Texaco employee describes her part in the racial discrimination lawsuit against Texaco
After a year at Texaco, Bari-Ellen Roberts though she was up against a glass ceiling. But after three years she knew it was a brick wall for all black employees. At first, she sought to work within the system to help Texaco improve its womens and minority programs, only to meet with resistance at every turn. Finally, when she was denied a promotion for which she was clearly in line, she knew she had to fight back. She resolved to bring a class-action suit, although it could last for years while she was till in Texaco's employ.
Here in her own words, is Roberts' account of how she won an electrifying victory that could change the face of corporate America. For the first time, she exposes the high-level deceptions and legal tactic that Texaco used to postpone the final day of reckoning. She reveals the full story behind the notorious Texaco tapes, which revealed senior executives making racially charges comments as they plotted to destroy evidence related to the case. Here too are all the astonishing twists of fate that beset and buoyed her, and the fascinating story of how her lawyers masterminded the final triumph.
A first person account of the class action lawsuit against Texaco that led to the largest discrimination award in US history. Roberts, who was a senior financial analyst at Texaco from 1990 to 1997, tells the story of how she and 1,400 other African-American employees of the fourth largest US oil company faced systematic discrimination and the course she took that eventually led to $176 million settlement against the company. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.