Victor P. Henderson, Attorney for Henderson Parks, LLC is again going to expose more of the racism at the Department of Water Management at a press conference Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at his offices at 140 South Dearborn Street Suite 1020 in Chicago, Illinois. I am hoping all my members of the Chicago press attend and expose at the ongoing ways the Chicago Department of Water Management continues to be a pawn for the white power elite of Chicago. The Department of Water Management has placed people in powerful positions to continue the secret theft of millions of dollars in contracts, promotions, workers compensation fraud. The first people to out the DOWM was Frank Coconate a safety specialist. Safety specialists were ordered to go after blacks and whistleblowers injured on the job. Whites were given immediate treatment and workers compensation benefits with large settlements.
A lawsuit filed by advocate Jay Stone and City Plumber Patrick McDonough exposed Alderman Edward Burke 14th ward and lead to his demise. A new revised federal lawsuit is in order including many more injured workers. Attorneys are being advised of the strategy.
Many Chicago Unions were sued in the past, such as Plumbers’ Local 130. Racism is a way to control blacks and keep them from having a good life. Unions have failed to protect members and were more worried about making millions from judge making and providing members to assist Alderman and Mayors for leverage.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot needs to step in and make right all the suffering blacks have gotten from the Chicago water department. Blacks in power told what to do and how to do it is making a mockery of progress. Democrats in the newspaper blame Trump for everything, but they need to take this one and answer for it. If you look at all the millions of consulting contracts at the DOWM, you will see most blacks get nothing but crumbs. Contact Mr. Henderson at 312.262.2900 asap to attend.
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African-American workers accuse Chicago Water Department of racial discrimination, harassment
By Scott Holland | Jun 30, 2017
A group of African-American employees have filed a lawsuit alleging a pattern of racial discrimination and harassment aimed at black workers in Chicago’s controversy-plagued Department of Water Management.
Named plaintiffs Derrick Edmond, Katherine Ealy, Craig Robinson, Eddie Cooper Jr., Vicki Hill, Robert T. Laws Jr. and Adebola Fegbemi filed a class action in federal court in Chicago June 29 alleging the water department is a “hostile and abusive work environment based on race that includes violence, intimidation, retaliation and constructive discharge.” Some of the plaintiffs had worked at the water department for more than 30 years.
In addition to the city, named defendants include Randy Conner and Barrett Murphy, acting and former water department commissioners, respectively; John Pope and Alan Stark, deputy commissioners; Edwardo Salinas, water purification engineer; and Joseph Lynch, water department CEO.
The complaint accused the water department of several routine and deliberate acts that, combined, “weave a tapestry of hostility that dominates every aspect of class members’ existence in the department.” The plaintiffs allege black employees are assigned less desirable work shifts, work assignments and days off, and are also denied overtime, promotions, transfers, training opportunities and proper compensation. They further alleged intimidation, race-based harassment and racially-charged conduct, workplace violence, and allege they and others were subjected to retaliatory transfers and terminations as well as “harsh and undue discipline.” They said the hostile work environment has caused employees to resign.
The lawsuit comes on the heels of reports published by The Chicago Sun-Times, disclosing the city’s Inspector General had uncovered racist, sexist and homophobic emails while investigating whether an alderman’s son had used a city email account to sell guns.
The new complaint said more than 2,100 people have full-time water department jobs and belong to, among other labor organizations, the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 399; American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employee Council 31; Pipefitters Association Local Union 597; Service Employees International Union Local 73; and Laborers Local 1092. The plaintiffs allege the department “consistently and deliberately, based on race,” failed to comply with written policies regulating promotions, transfers and overtime negotiated as part of union contracts.
The plaintiffs’ complaint specifically alleges black employees are made to work three times as long as white counterparts before receiving promotions, while many other job openings remain unfilled until a “handpicked” white applicant is selected.
“Black employees are chilled and deterred from applying for promotions or transfers because of the Department-wide policy that they will not be promoted or transferred because of their race,” the complaint stated, further alleging “black employees are subject to racially derogative language by non-Black managers and employees.”
The plaintiffs allege nonblack colleagues sabotage and tamper with black employees work areas and those who “who attempt to question their treatment are physically intimidated, threatened, and verbally abused. Black employees are subjected to racially insensitive email, screen savers, posters, cartoons and graffiti” while black female workers “are sexually harassed daily by being subjected to unwelcomed sexually-motivated jokes, comments, and innuendo on a regular basis. Black female employees are called bitches and whores on a regular basis.”
The plaintiffs seek establishment of a race class, which would include as many as 500 current or former employee who may have encountered alleged race-based discrimination, as well as a wage class, for as many as 100 workers who, based on job description, could have been entitled to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
In addition to class certifications and a jury trial, the plaintiffs want the court to force the city to end the alleged discriminatory practices, as well as award lost wages and benefits, compensatory and punitive damages and job reinstatement to former employees who can establish they were terminated based on their race.
Representing the plaintiffs, and seeking to serve as putative class counsel are attorneys from the firm of Henderson Parks LLC, of Chicago.