At the home of the king of Rock-n-Roll, African-American employees say they are singing the blues. Black employees at Graceland are picketing in front of the mansion, to let people know they feel the management is racist.
Current and former employees say white managers treat them unfairly by making black employees perform difficult work not asked of white employees. They say Graceland has no blacks on the board of directors and only one black manager. They accuse managers of ignoring employees' complaints and retaliating against black employees who come forward. Employees say Graceland laid off 50 people after September 11th, then rehired non-minorities and employees who didn't complain about conditions.
On Saturday, Graceland released the following statement: "We believe that the activity today is associated with a pending lawsuit filed by an employee. It is our policy not to discuss legal matters with the public. Graceland is an equal opportunity employer and does not condone any discrimination."
Source: Email / Updated: May 21, 2002