Thousands Certified in FedEx Bias Case

Race discrimination litigation against FedEx grew exponentially this week when a federal judge granted class certification to thousands of workers at the shipping company.U.S. District Judge Susan Illston is allowing "thousands" of African-American and Latino hourly workers and "hundreds" of lower-level African-American managers in the company's western region to move forward with claims that FedEx Express has discriminated in issues involving pay, discipline and, in some cases, promotions.Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein partner James Finberg, who argued the motion to certify back in January, estimated the class of hourly workers will number about 10,000 and the class of managers just shy of 1,000.The class alleges that FedEx Express -- a unit of FedEx Corp. that performs overnight deliveries -- has a culture of hostility toward minorities and that the company turns "a blind eye," allowing racial bias to infect performance evaluation, promotion, compensation and discipline decisions.Here's a link to the Law.com article.

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