Melphine Evans is a former executive at BP West Coast Products, based in La Palma, California.
Evans is suing the energy giant, alleging racial and gender discrimination. She claims that she was reprimanded for wearing a dashiki to work, told that her "ethnic" clothing made her coworkers "uncomfortable."
She says she was told that wearing her hair in twists and braids was "intimidating," and that she should wait to wear her "ethinic" hair and clothing on "'culture day,' black history month or special diversity events/days.'"
BP denies the accusations and has vowed to fight them.
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