Melissa Koenig, New York Post, November 6, 2023
NASCAR and a racing group that supports the organization’s efforts to develop more diverse drivers and pit crew have become the latest corporations accused of discriminating against white men.
America First Legal, run by former Donald Trump adviser Stephen Miller, filed a petition Thursday asking the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to investigate NASCAR and Rev Racing for “illegal discrimination against white, male Americans.”
America First Legal argues that NASCAR and Rev Racing’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts — such as the “Diversity Driver Development Program,” the “Diversity Pit Crew Development Program” and “NASCAR Diversity Internship Program” — violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on race and sex.
The programs previously stated they were intended for women and ethnic minorities but were updated on Sept.1 to say they sought applicants of “diverse backgrounds and experiences,” according to the petition.
Even though that language has since been changed, America First Legal claims NASCAR and Rev Racing are continuing to carry out unlawful hiring practices “under the cloak of a ‘diverse backgrounds and experiences’ rebranding.”
“NASCAR’s and Rev Racing’s commitment to race and sex-based hiring has not wavered — the website changes described above seem to have been designed only to conceal their ongoing, deliberate and illegal discrimination against white, male Americans,” the petition says.