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African Americans Denied Opportunities for Advancement at Apple Store

An Apple employee has filed a suit against the company claiming that racism has led to him being denied a promotion.

Andrew Dupree, 31, of Orlando Florida, says African Americans are being denied opportunities for advancement all the way to CEO Tim Cook, but that he was ignored and left with no choice but to take legal action.

A complaint filed on December 18 details management’s alleged preference for white employees. He also claimed that a manager once told him that “black employees don’t reach management in this market.”

Dupree was transferred to Australia and he dramatically increased the results of tech giant’s “Easy Pay Program,” which encourages shoppers to make in-store purchases from their Apple devices, from 1.4% of total sales to 14% after arriving in Sydney. Dupree believes those results merited a promotion.

He then returned to Orlando after a year in Australia and began working at the Orlando store again.

‘I was not given a job, despite being told that I was going to be given a transfer, because of one manager’s racism,’ insisted Dupree. Dupree said there are no Blacks at the Orlando Store that hold a leadership position or have opportunities to be promoted to management position.

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