Black insurance agents claim discrimination

October 17, 2002
The Equal Opportunity Commission is calling on American National Insurance to resolve the practice of sending black sales agents to black neighborhoods and white colleagues to white neighborhoods, or face a possible lawsuit.
     An EEOC investigation -- instigated by complaints from 10 black agents -- determined that the practice is discriminatory and results in black agents being unfairly turned down for promotion.
     American National denies any wrongdoing, said Ramon D. Bissmeyer, the San Antonio lawyer representing American National. He wouldn't elaborate, saying he only received the letter from the EEOC on Tuesday and had not had time to examine the allegations.