Dare to Speak Up about Racial Discrimination?
Coca-Cola: You're Fired!

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Coca-Cola has a long history of racial discrimination which persists to this day. Martin Luther King, Jr, in 1968 called for a boycott of Coke. In 2001, Coca-Cola paid $192.5 million, the largest racial discrimination settlement in U.S. history.

In 2012, the New York Daily News reported that numerous lawsuits describe Coke's plants in New York as "cesspools of racial discrimination" where black and Latino workers who speak up against abuse are retaliated against with unfair discipline, suspensions without pay and termination.

Yvette Butler's message to Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent:

I wish you wouldn't jump the gun and automatically defend managers and directors who run the plants. I wish you would visit the plants yourself and see how supervisors, managers and directors interact with minority workers and see firsthand the miserable, unjust way they treat them. If he really cares about minority workers, he should visit these plants and experience the environment we work in.

Sandra Walker's message to Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent:

I think he should come down and take some time to ask the people how they are being treated! He would be amazed by all the negativity people are experiencing at their Coke facilities! Muhtar Kent, racism does exist in this world and at COCA-COLA! HELLO! YOUR COMPANY IS NOT EXEMPT FROM THE WORLD!!!

Two Victims of Coca-Cola's
Racial Discrimination & Retaliation

Before Yvette and Sandra were unjustly terminated from their jobs, they had three strikes against them: they are black; they are women, and they courageously spoke up against the abuses inflicted upon them while on the job in the Coca-Cola bottling plant in New York City.

Queens, New York resident Sandra Walker was suspended, but found innocent of charges that she told a supervisor, "You're a dead man," after witnesses proved she told the supervisor, You're a racist." Yet Sandra was never reimbursed for five weeks lost pay. "I complained about recurring abuses. This led to me being interrogated by persons from Coke's Human Resources Dept. in Atlanta. I was asked such irrational questions as, 'Sandra, do you have any personal friends who are HIV Positive?' Then I was terminated."

Brooklyn, New York resident Yvette Butler , in retaliation for speaking up, was unjustly fired from her job. "As a result, I lost my home and with three children had to move into a city homeless shelter for 13 months. I endured offensive racial comments and harassment on the job, as well as unfair and dangerous work assignments." Yvette still suffers from depression and anxiety from the mistreatment at the hands of supervisors, managers and co-workers.

Read more about Yvette's and Sandra's cases and that of other victims of Coke's abuses. Try to understand the pain of being a victim of racial discrimination and the unfair treatment, nightmares, panic attacks, constant stress and emotional turmoil.

See www.StopCokeDiscrimination.org

Visit www.facebook.com/TheCoke16 and click on "Like" to show your support for The Coke 16 and other minority Coca-Cola workers who have joined them.