A HR manager has sued Uniqlo for $1 million claiming Australian executives mocked her for being white and gave preferential treatment to Asian workers.
Melanie Bell, 47, worked as a payroll and human resource information system manager at the Japanese clothing company's Melbourne office.
The 47-year-old alleges in a statement of claim on Friday, she was bullied on four occasions and was held back from a pay rise and promotions by Uniqlo management.
Court documents from the Federal Court state Ms Bell believes she was discriminated against because of her 'Caucasian heritage' and was 'denied career advancement opportunities because of her gender'.
Other non-Asian and female senior managers in the business were denied a promotion, favouring senior managers who were ex-pats and/or male and/or of Asian descent, the claim said.
Ms Bell was initially approached by Uniqlo in 2015 after she worked for mining company MMG Limited and was told she would be 'instrumental' and could expect 'significant professional growth opportunities', during an interview.
The HR professional was recognised as a 'global talent' and a 'future leader' through an internal program where she received performance review scores indicating she was 'exceeding expectations' or 'meeting expectations'.
But Ms Bell says she was denied career advancement opportunities despite her outstanding performance.
Management denied her a promotion during a performance review because of her 'negative attitude' during March and April 2017, Ms Bell's claim stated.
The claim also stated Ms Bell's mother had passed away in March 2017.
She was told she could not be promoted until the 'Workday' HR software she had rolled out through the company was 'successfully implemented and in place' for six to 12 months.
But an Asian employee was given a top performance review score for configuring the 'SAP' finance system to be 'ready for implementation'.
preferential 是 preference 派生的形容词，后者的意思是“偏好”，所以 preferential 的意思是“带有偏好的”、“优待的”。
Don’t expect to get preferential treatment.
2）be discriminated against
Discriminate 是歧视，而它需要与 against 连用来表示歧视谁。
3）of Asian descent 具有亚裔血统
of ... descent 这个结构用来表示“具备……血统”、“属于……族裔”
of African-American descent