Bari-Ellen Roberts, Lead Plantiff in Roberts vs. Texaco, to Lecture

Bari-Ellen Roberts, the lead plaintiff in the landmark racial discrimination lawsuit against Texaco, will share her research on the case on Tuesday, January 25 at 6:30 p.m. in Titsworth Lecture Hall on the campus of Sarah Lawrence College. The lecture is free and open to the public.

In March of 1994, Roberts, a senior financial analyst at Texaco, became the lead plaintiff in the largest discrimination suit in U.S. history. As a result, in November of 1996, Texaco agreed to pay $176 million to approximately 1,400 African American employees nationwide. Her book, Roberts VS. Texaco: A True Story of Race and Corporate America, has been widely hailed as a compelling testimony of the battle against discrimination in corporate America.

Hailed as a modern-day Rosa Parks, Roberts' book is currently being adapted for film and will be shown on the Lifetime Network later this year. In the last three years, she has also been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, and given keynote addresses and led diversity workshops for dozens of prestigious institutions and organizations.

Roberts is currently president of Bari-Ellen Roberts, Inc., a management training firm that focuses on diversity, sexual harassment and violence in the workplace. In addition, she recently joined the faculty of Fairfield University of Connecticut as an instructor in the Business School, teaching a course on Corporate Social Responsibility.

For more information regarding the lecture or directions to the campus, please call (914) 395-2411.