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Racial-Discrimination Suit Filed Against Xerox
Associated Press
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NEW YORK — Eighteen former and current Xerox Corp. employees are filing charges with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying white managers discriminated against them based on race.

The sales representatives, all black and Hispanic, described Xerox's sales organization as a "boys club," and a "buddy-buddy system." They said white managers routinely excluded them from opportunities to earn higher commissions and to advance within the company.

"I realized that advancement within Xerox was an absolute impossibility for minorities," Shawn Byrd, who left Xerox last year after two years with the company, told The New York Times.

Eleven of the charges were filed Wednesday, the Times reported.

A Xerox spokeswoman said the company has a strict policy prohibiting discrimination and was looking into the claims.

The workers also said they plan to bring private lawsuits against the company, possibly seeking class-action status.

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