June 27 2005

Eleven current and former employees have filed a class action lawsuit against their employer on behalf of thousands of other African Americans who worked at Walgreens in 45 states. The lawsuit alleges the drugstore chain discriminated against African Americans in hiring, work assignment, and promotion.

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Worked 8/7/03 to 2/12/06. I was kept from entering prescriptions in pharmacy as tech and was not considered for cosmetics or camera department promotion. Plus mu supervisor was very unapproachable. Quit job 2/06 due to supervisor's inability to discuss problems of scheduling/ breaks etc. Was fatigued (very tired) after working too many turn-arounds. Could not function well at home after having worked at night then the very next morning on many occasions. I had to quit the job too much unfairness, disorganization.

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When I was in my second year of law school, I was studying for finals (dec 2005) at the 24Hr starbucks in Chicago (on Wells and North Av.). I was browsing the Magazine section and was followed by the security guard. The guard proceeded to stare at me for several minutes as I shopped. She then followed me to three separate locations throughout the store stretching its length and breadth. When I asked her if I could be of any assistance, the guard stated that I was not allowed to look at the merchandise prior to purchase. I then stated that under the uniform commercial code, I am allowed to inspect goods prior to tendering payment for them.
She then told me that I should leave the store because I "can't come in here looking at the magazines." I told her that I wanted to speak with the supervisor. I then followed an oral complaint about the security guard's behavior and expressed that I felt it was racially motivated. He apologized for her and said that it wasn't because I as black. I responded that I wasn't sure about that... and then left the store.

I have a written record of the incident, recorded shortly thereafter. I am studying for my first year medical school finals now, so I may not be able to immediately lay my hands on them. However, if you contact me, I will make a concerted effort to find them.

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