BP Accused of Open Anti-Viet Racism
The complaint involves BP’s Vessels of Opportunity (V.o.O.) program, which hires local fishing boats to join the cleanup. It was part of BP’s efforts to mitigate the losses suffered by fishermen who were grounded by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Over half of the fishermen affected by the oil spill were Vietnamese and Cambodian Americans; however, of the 5000 marine vessels hired, only 350, or less than 10%, were Vietnamese or Cambodian, the federal court action claims.
The reason Viets were so grossly underrepresented, the 41 plaintiffs allege, is because BP expressly instructed its V.o.O. contractors not to hire Vietnamese and Cambodians. The plaintiffs are seeking class action status to represent 4,000 professional fishermen. Read more here.