Eli Lilly: Managing Workplace Diversity and Coping with the Accusations of Racial Discrimination

            
 
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Case Code : HROB105
Case Length : 20 Pages
Period : 2006-2007
Pub Date : 2008
Teaching Note :Not Available
Organization : Eli Lilly & Company
Industry : Pharmaceutical
Countries : USA

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The suit was filed by three former employees and one employee still working at Lilly. Many former and current Lilly employees, who had allegedly witnessed similar practices at the company since August 2003, joined the lawsuit. The discriminatory practices followed by Lilly had resulted in emotional and mental distress to these employees, the plaintiffs claimed.

According to the plaintiffs, Lilly had a lot of minority friendly policies, but these policies were seldom practiced. Cassandra Welch (Welch), one of the lead plaintiffs, contended that the strategies and policies regarding diversity at Lilly remained only on paper.

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“A policy only is as good as it's implemented. It was more of a check-the-box exercise,”4 she claimed. She also alleged that the company retaliated against the employees who raised their voice against the allegedly discriminatory practices.

Welch said, “But instead of attacking the problem they either attack the person or they put in another complacent task force or training program or diversity strategy.”5

Analysts and regulators were taking note of the many instances of alleged discrimination at the workplace, particularly instances of racial discrimination, in the US corporations.

According to US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)6, since 2003, nearly 28,000 complaints had been registered every year by people who had suffered discrimination on the basis of race at their workplace...

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4] Ken Kusmer, “Black Employees File Racial Discrimination Lawsuit against Eli Lilly,” www.blackamericaweb.com, April 23, 2006.

5] Tom Walker, “Plaintiff Speaks Out on Lilly Lawsuit,” www.wthr.com, April 24, 2006.

6] The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the agency responsible for incorporating federal laws against discrimination in the US.

 

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