Amtrak sued for race discrimination

August 21, 1998
A group of Amtrak managers filed suit yesterday against the national passenger railroad, alleging that top management there steers African American managers and professionals into jobs with limited opportunity for advancement.
     The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, asks for an immediate end to what it says is racial discrimination at the railroad.  The plaintiffs also are seeking more than $100 million in back pay and damages on behalf of approximately 3,500 black employees.
     Paul C. Sprenger, lead attorney for the plaintiffs, said racial discrimination and a hostile work environment have existed at Amtrak for more than a decade. Sprenger said the suit was filed on behalf of 700 current managerial employees, 300 former employees and about 2,500 African Americans who were turned down for jobs.