Thursday, October 20, 2016

Justice Department Seeks to Intervene in Lawsuit Alleging Race Discrimination and Retaliation by Pocomoke City, Maryland, the Worcester County Sheriff and the State of Maryland

The Justice Department announced today that it has moved to intervene in Savage et al. v. Pocomoke City et al., a private lawsuit alleging race discrimination and retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by Pocomoke City, Maryland, the Worcester County Sheriff and the state of Maryland.  Title VII is a federal statute that prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of the basis of sex, race, color, national origin and religion. 
The United States’ complaint in intervention alleges that the Worcester County Sheriff and the state of Maryland subjected former Pocomoke City Police Officer Franklin Savage to a racially-hostile work environment while he was assigned to a joint task force operated by the sheriff’s office.  Specifically, Officer Savage was repeatedly subjected to racial epithets as well as other racially-charged acts of harassment, humiliation and intimidation by his co-workers and supervisors.  Officer Savage’s complaints about racial harassment allegedly resulted in a series of retaliatory actions against him by the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and Pocomoke City, concluding with the termination of his employment.  The complaint further alleges that Pocomoke City similarly retaliated against two other officers – former Pocomoke City Police Chief Kelvin Sewell and former Pocomoke City Police Lieutenant Lynell Green – for supporting Officer Savage in the course of his complaints.  Chief Sewell was eventually terminated as well.
The complaint seeks a court order that requires the defendants to implement policies and procedures that will ensure a workplace environment free of discrimination and retaliatory conduct.  The United States also seeks relief, including monetary relief for the three charging parties as compensation for damages caused by the alleged discrimination.
“Federal law protects against discrimination and retaliation in the workplace,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.  “In police departments, that protection is vital not only for individual officials, but also for the communities they serve.  The Justice Department is firmly committed to ensuring that our nation’s state and local law enforcement agencies comply with Title VII’s promise of a workplace free from racial discrimination and retaliation.”
Officer Savage, Chief Sewell and Lieutenant Green each filed charges of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  The EEOC’s Baltimore Office investigated the charges and made reasonable cause findings.  After unsuccessful conciliation efforts, the EEOC referred the charges to the Justice Department.
“No one should have to face harassment and retaliation while at work,” said EEOC Chair Jenny R. Yang.  “When public employees face discrimination, it undermines the trust and credibility in our public institutions.  This case represents the latest partnership between EEOC and the Department of Justice to advance our shared Title VII enforcement responsibilities.”
This lawsuit was brought as a result of a joint collaborative effort by the EEOC and the Civil Rights Division to vigorously enforce Title VII.
“EEOC is committed to ensuring the employees who serve the public in critical law enforcement positions are protected by the laws forbidding unlawful harassment and retaliation in the workplace,” said Director Spencer H. Lewis Jr. of EEOC’s Philadelphia District Office, which includes the Baltimore Field Office.  “I am pleased that EEOC and the Department of Justice have established a collaborative relationship that will impact public employers and work together to redress violations of the law when they occur.”
Enforcement of federal employment discrimination laws remains a top priority of the Justice Department.  More information about Title VII and other federal employment laws is available on the Civil Rights Division’s website atwww.justice.gov/crt.  The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination.  Further information about the EEOC is available on its website at www.eeoc.gov.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

They need to stay out of this. There isn't one positive or good thing that the federal government has done under the Obama admin. It has been one failure after another. One lie after another. Everything they have put their hands into has turned out bad. This is because Obama's only purpose is to do the devil's work on earth.

Anonymous said...

What person of sound mind believes or trusts anything or any action of the DOJ? All one has to do is look at the Hillary Clinton cover up.

Anonymous said...

Just do a background check on Savage already. I'm mean has anyone in the States Attorneys office looked at his previous employment in DC and PG and seen why he was terminated? I guess the taxpayers will just have to pay the bill for this crook.

Anonymous said...

I believe Savage has a right to seek justice. The other two are riding on his coattails.

Anonymous said...

This DOJ is not trustworthy to begin with and what will be the results anyway. Things like body cameras for LE. Oh how the black community was all for them before. Now black lives matter is suddenly against them calling for them to go away saying it's mass surveillance of blacks. The truth is they are showing and proving what liars they are and how it is not the fault of LE but the fault of as Hillary calls them the black super predators. They are mad as hell because now they can't lie and say brutality and racism and get a settlement.

Anonymous said...

False...just won't accept the fact.

Anonymous said...

U sound mad that your president is black.

Anonymous said...

2:10 as Savage is trying to do

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...

U sound mad that your president is black.

October 20, 2016 at 2:46 PM"

"U" sound like an ASS. Why don't "U" try being honest once in your life. "U" know it won't kill "U."
"U" people act like telling the truth is like committing suicide. So let me tell "U" like it is and not the lies that "U" and your lying circles tell. No one cares that the president is black-do you understand! The reason good people don't like him is because he is not only incompetent but he is a liar. If "U" like him it only proves that whatever raised "U" was garbage, useless trash and "U" inherited their worthlessness. It's no secret that black parents have been mostly useless failures and don't you dare disagree because all you have to do is look at what percentage of blacks are criminals. Facts don't lie but blacks do. Now here are some facts for your useless lying stinking ass-the same people who criticize obama-the very same people love Dr Ben Carson, Pastor Darrell Scott, Col Allen West, Lt Gov Rutherford, Prof Carol Swain and many other good honest black folks. I know you have to look up these people because you have shit for brains but look them and and learn something for once in your useless life instead of spreading lies.

Anonymous said...

At 940...Again, someone else putting the blame on Obama. The Justice Dept had to intervene to get to the truth. Get a life.

Anonymous said...

It amazes me how you can call people incompetent or liars. President Obama has served for eight years so he must not be that incompetent. What you should do is blame Congress for blocking the good things the that Obama has tried to do. White people lie as well as anyone else so stop making such a stupid generalization about black people and that's a fact.

Anonymous said...

The black community is all for body cameras. But people have their own cameras now for their own satisfaction.

Anonymous said...

Just look at the state our country is in and tell all of us that the liar, traitor and criminal Obama along with his DOJ is not incompetent. He has done so much damage all for the cause of being politically correct and his transparent drive for socialism. This man is more aligned with Hitler and Stalin. He has never been a patriot or a true believer in our country or our constitution as evidenced by his treasonous actions!