CHICAGO (CBS) — State Farm is facing a new lawsuit from a former employee who says she was harassed and retaliated against because of her race.
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump is one of the attorneys in the case. He represents more than 150 current and former State Farm employees in racial discrimination cases against the insurance company.
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He filed a new lawsuit on behalf of Shashi Mandhyan on Wednesday and said an investigation by the Illinois Department of Human Rights revealed a pattern of discrimination at State Farm.
“I was subjected to improper behavior condoned and supported by State Farm management at the highest level,” Mandhyan said.
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Reverend Jesse Jackson is now calling for an audit of diversity efforts at State Farm and asking what the company is doing to end discrimination.
In a statement, State Farm said it “has a long commitment to a diverse and inclusive environment, where all of our associates and customers are treated with respect and dignity, and where differences are valued.”
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“These allegations do not reflect the culture of State Farm. We do not agree with the allegations contained in the complaint we recently received,” the statement added. “Racism has no place anywhere in society. That’s why we work tirelessly to provide an inclusive environment where everyone feels valued. We strive to be a force for good in the communities we serve.