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A black Fort Worth city employee says he was passed over for promotions, was stereotyped, and subjected to hateful racial slurs. And now Darrenn Foreman, an employee of the city parks department, has filed a civil rights lawsuit in Tarrant County District Court last week, reports NBC Dallas-Fort Worth.
During one instance a co-worker allegedly told Foreman, “We freed y’all” when he directed the employee to do a task and he refused. Foreman was interviewed for a promotion to senior maintenance worker in April 2011. Two weeks after the interview, according to the lawsuit, two members of the panel who had interviewed him congratulated him on earning the highest score and earning the position. The promotion never came. In June he was re-interviewed as the only candidate for the job. But again he was not promoted.
“According to the lawsuit, one person on the 3-member panel that interviewed him told Foreman that he had scored him high but a parks department official required him to change his scores,” reports the network.
Then the city posted a second job opening for the same position in another part of the city. Both positions were later filled by other people.
When Foreman complained to the human resources department he was told his “original test documents prepared by the interviewing panel had been tampered with — there were erasures,” the lawsuit states.
“Foreman said that although a city investigator told him he should have received the promotion, the investigator later left the city, and the human relations director stopped answering his calls,” according to the news report.
Foreman claims he also has suffered health problems due to the “racially motivated, offensive and demeaning deprivation.” He says he suffers from heart palpitations, high blood pressure, loss of sleep, depression, loss of appetite and anxiety. In March 2011, he went out on medical leave.
The city of Fort Worth, city manager Tom Higgins, parks director Richard Zavala and several other city officials are named as defendants in the suit.
One lesson from this situation is that you shouldn’t take being skipped over for a promotion lying down. If you know you deserve one, if you’ve been told you have one, not getting one is a sign that something’s up. It doesn’t even need to be anything as drastic as this. Being passed over should make you question your relationship to the organization and your desire to stay. Here are other signs that you might want to consider moving on before you’re asked to do so.
(Businessweek) — The women who sought to sue Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for gender bias on behalf of 1.5 million co-workers said they will press their fight against the nation’s largest private employer in smaller lawsuits in lower courts and claims with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday said the women failed to prove the world’s largest retailer had a nationwide policy that led to gender discrimination. The court deprived them of the leverage a nationwide suit brings, both in pooled legal resources and a potential multibillion-dollar verdict, forcing them to pursue claims on their own. “When I go back to work tomorrow, I’m going to let them know we are still fighting,” said Christine Kwapnoski, an assistant manager at a Sam’s Club in Concord, California. She had accused a male manager of yelling at female employees and telling her to “doll up” by wearing more makeup and dressing better while working on a loading dock.
(Chicago Sun Times) — The Chicago Fire Department must hire 111 bypassed black firefighter candidates — and distribute “tens of millions of dollars” in damages to 6,000 others who will never get that chance — a federal appeals court ruled Friday, upholding a landmark ruling. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in a 9-to-0 decision, that, contrary to the city’s contention, African-American candidates hadn’t waited too long before filing a lawsuit that accused the city of discriminating against them for the way it handled a 1995 firefighter’s entrance exam. On Friday, the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that ruling and sent the case back to the trial court to implement what it called the “hiring remedy” the city has been stalling. Plaintiffs’ attorney Joshua Karsh said the decision means Chicago must hire 111 African-American firefighters and adjust their pensions as if they had been on the job since 1995. Six-thousand others will share “tens of millions of dollars” in damages, Karsh said.
(St. Louis American) — The Missouri Legislative Black Caucus urged the Gov. Jay Nixon Wednesday to veto a workplace discrimination bill, which came to his desk on April 18. Senate bill 188 would take the state backwards in terms of civil rights, caucus members said, by making discrimination cases more difficult to file for women, seniors, minorities and people with disabilities or illnesses. On April 13, the state Senate passed the bill, which modifies certain provisions of the Missouri Human Rights Act regarding employment. A coalition of women’s organizations, the state- and national-level National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, trial attorneys, advocacy groups for the disabled and labor unions have joined together to push Nixon to veto the bill. Nixon has 14 days to decide.
(WDSU.com) — Seven black account executives for a New Orleans radio station group have filed charges of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming they have been paid less and received fewer sales leads than their white counterparts. Attorney Dale E. Williams is representing the employees in their action against Clear Channel Communications. The company is the largest owner of radio stations in the United States and operates seven stations out of New Orleans.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Steps Up Scrutiny Of Possibly-Discriminatory Hiring Practices
(Huffington Post) – Companies using criminal records or bad credit reports to screen out job applicants might run afoul of anti-discrimination laws as the government steps up scrutiny of hiring policies that can hurt blacks and Hispanics. A blanket refusal to hire workers based on criminal records or credit problems can be illegal if it has a disparate impact on racial minorities, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The agency enforces the nation’s employment discrimination laws.