Supervisor Tells Asian Employee That He’s “Reached His Maximum Title” While Promoting Less Qualified, Non-Asian Employees to Higher Positions.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Employee Files Lawsuit against Mylan Pharmaceutical Inc. for Race Discrimination
Xiaowen accepted the job of manager with Mylan Pharmaceutical in 2003. After a few years with the company, Xiaowen noticed marked differences between the treatment of himself and his white coworkers. Other than having more experience and credentials, the only difference between Xiaowen and his white coworkers was that he is Chinese.
It was tradition within the company to give employees promotions and pay raises throughout their careers. In over thirteen years of working for Mylan, Xiaowen points out that he only received one promotion alongside his pay raises and positive reviews. Meanwhile, Xiaowen recalled that his white coworkers with less experience or credentials all received 3-6 promotions within their time at Mylan. For example, one white coworker, Erica, started at the same time as Xiaowen, and received 6 promotions. She doesn’t have a PhD. Xiaowen does.
As Xiaowen became aware of this mistreatment, he realized that he was continually passed up to have his own office. He continued to work in a shared office. And when an office opened up, a less experienced, white male coworker was moved into the available space. Bothered by the ongoing discrepancy in treatment, Xiaowen approached a supervisor and asked if he would receive a promotion. He recalls that he was told he’d be promoted the following year.
When that next year arrived, Xiaowen shared that he and his supervisor met with another supervisor who told Xiaowen that he wouldn’t be promoted this year because the “budget [was] constrained due to other individuals being promoted.” Two years later, Xiaowen explained how he was then told that he had “reached his maximum title.” But, he knew this was false since his Caucasian coworkers had been promoted from his current position to principal scientist.Two years later, Xiaowen explained how he was then told that he had “reached his maximum title.” But, he knew this was false since his Caucasian coworkers had been promoted from his current position to principal scientist. It became clear to Xiaowen then that he was facing race discrimination.
Xiaowen believes that Mylan Pharmaceutical discriminated against him by not promoting him due to his race. No employee should face employment discrimination. KM&A represents women and men like Xiaowen whose careers are stunted due to race discrimination.
Full text of this complaint, as filed with the District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, is available at docket no: 2:17-cv-01414-NBF
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