America First Legal [AFL] has filed a complaint asking the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission [EEOC] to launch an investigation against Anheuser-Busch. They accuse the company of “systemic and discriminatory hiring, promotion, and job-training employment practices.”
AFL says that Anheuser-Busch has made numerous public statements saying that different programs are designed to promote women, immigrants, Blacks, Latinos, and American Indians over other people. Among other things, Anheuser-Busch launched a Leadership Accelerator Program that explicitly excludes Whites and Asians.
The evidence is that Anheuser-Busch is knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully discriminating based on race, color, national origin, and sex with respect to employment and job training opportunities. For example, the Anheuser-Busch 2023 Leadership Accelerator Program provides “formal mentorship, executive interaction, and leadership development curriculum for those who identify with historically underrepresented groups as they join our organization in a full-time capacity.” The program description states: “We encourage candidates who identify as Black, Latinx, and Native American to apply, as well as those who identify with a historically underrepresented group.” This is not a regular corporate program – rather, the company describes the role as focusing on “hiring the next generation of leaders within the North American Sustainability and Procurement department.” In other words, it is a fast-track program to executive leadership positions at Anheuser-Busch and it is limited to candidates based on race. The proforma Equal Opportunity Employer language at the end of the posting does mask the company’s discriminatory
intent and purpose.