Nemesis lives, pursuing the insolent and unjust with inflexible vengeance: Workers take Xerox to court for antiblack discrimination. Xerox, of course, is a notorious leader in corporate “affirmative action.” At the end of last year its US workforce was 5% Asian, 8% Hispanic, and 17% African-American, and 37% of its senior executives were women, black or both. Forty-four percent [!] of new hires are minorities. It ranks 14th on the Fortune Best Companies for Minorities list. (Its rank just dropped from 6th, apparently because of these disputes. Apart from Lucent it still outranks every other company on the list that actually makes things. Most of the other top-rankers are either quasi-governmental or regulated utilities.)
In spite of that appalling record, it just lost a proceeding before the EEOC and is facing racism lawsuits in New York and Cincinnati. Reading between the lines, it appears that the New York lawsuit grew out of an attempt at racial outreach: minority sales representatives hired to serve minority districts in Brooklyn and the Bronx, so customers could see a company that “looks like them,” are suing because they were given districts in Brooklyn and the Bronx. Tough luck!