Xerox Hit With New Bias Charges

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For the second time this month, bias charges have been leveled against Xerox Corp. Ten Black workers at the company's operations division in Texas have filed discrimination charges with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The Texas employees claim they have hit a "concrete ceiling" with little or no success winning advancement and higher salaries.

Many said they have worked for the company for years training white employees for managerial positions.

Several workers also said they were subjected to racially derogatory jokes that were compiled in a booklet distributed at Xerox.

In mid-March, 15 Xerox salespeople from New Jersey and New York accused the company of discrimination.

James Vagnini, an attorney in Carle Place, N.Y., who represents the Xerox employees, said a class action lawsuit is possible. He said bias complaints have been received from Xerox workers in California, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Massachusetts.

A spokeswoman for Xerox said the Stamford-based company has not been formally notified of the accusations.

"But you can be assured that any allegations are taken very seriously and investigated thoroughly," said Christa Carone, a spokeswoman in Rochester, N.Y.

"The company's commitment to diversity has never wavered and in fact has never been stronger."

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