Two female employees of a large Houston-based company have filed a lawsuit based on some disturbing allegations.
Both of the women have impressive backgrounds.
"I have a B.S. degree in marketing. I also did project management with Harvard Business Review, as well as Boston University," employee Tawanna Thierry said.
"I have a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering, a master's degree in mechanical engineering and a doctorate in material science engineering," employee Candi Hudson said.
But the women claim experience and degrees do little for your self esteem if your called the "N" word and the "B" word at work.
"I've been told it doesn't matter if I have a Ph.D., I am still a stupid 'N' ... I am still a stupid 'B,'" Hudson said.
In a lawsuit filed against Schlumberger, the pair make allegations of racial and sexual harassment that could make even a sailor blush.
"It made me feel horrible because this is 2007 and you would not think racism or sexism would exist, but it does," Thierry said.
Schlumberger vehemently denies the women's allegations and strongly believes no harassment or discrimination occurred.
But the lawsuit's allegations includes remarks and innuendo that would make most women go ballistic.
"I deal with people coming to me with racial discrimination claims all the time, but I had never seen anything like this," attorney and Houston-area community activist Quanell X said.
"This is unacceptable behavior toward African-Americans, as well as women ... and African-American women," Hudson said.
The lawsuit states the women were subjected to comments like:
* "You are lucky you do not look like those Africans from Africa"
* "Africans all swing from trees and fight lions."
* "Africans Look Like Apes."
* "You speak ebonics."
The lawsuit also alleges these women were sexually harassed. "It's been a humbling experience and I get down on my knees and pray," Hudson said.
In one instance, Thierry alleges a male co-worker exposed himself to her.
"He told me to touch him. So, I did not touch him and I asked him to leave. I did complain about it to human resources but no action was taken," Thierry said.
Schlumberger declined an on-camera interview but told FOX 26 News it takes complaints of harassment and discrimination very seriously.
In this case, Schlumberger says it conducted an investigation and strongly believes no harassment or discrimination occurred and will defend itself in court.
Meanwhile, both women continue to work at Schlumberger.
"I applaud these ladies for being able to even go to work because it is unbelievable what they're going through," attorney Okon Usoro said.
The women claim they are now the targets of retaliation and fear their professional lives will be indelibly tarnished.
"If I tell you I don't sit home and cry everyday I would be lying, but it has truly affected me, and even today in this interview, I'm trying not to shed a tear."
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