Salesman says he was fired for hiring too few white women

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – A black pharmaceutical salesman has accused a black-owned business of firing him because he did not hire enough attractive white women.

The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1WcT2TN ) reports that Barrett Franklin filed a $2.5 million lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court in Norfolk against Isle of Wight-based Davis Drug.

The lawsuit says principal owner Dwain Wilkerson told Franklin, the company’s former sales director, to hire attractive white women so they could get the attention of doctors. Franklin says he was terminated after refusing to fire some of the African-American members of his sales team.

On Tuesday, Davis Drug filed a counterclaim disputing the allegations and saying that Franklin was fired because he repeatedly disobeyed orders, delegated duties to others without approval and failed at other tasks.

Attorneys for Franklin say the counterclaim is inaccurate.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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