New York City DOT Sued for Racial Discrimination

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New York City DOT Sued for Racial Discrimination

The New York City Department of Transportation is accused of racial discrimination against minority employees within its Fleet Services unit, according to a lawsuit filed this month by Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Examples of Discrimination include:

  • Demotion of an African-American assistant supervisor to the mechanic role, calling the African-American deputy commissioners who had given him the role “monkeys,” and forcing the assistant supervisor out of the position after his direct supervisor refused to remove him from the post.
  • Routinely using racial epithets to refer to African-American employees.
  • Routinely and systematically excluding minorities from preferred assignments and special projects, handpicking white candidates for assignments that provided the best opportunity for further advancement.
  • Physically threatening a blacksmith who critiqued discriminatory treatment and hiring practices.

Currently, about 200 people are employed Fleet Services Subdivision.

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