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The Pawns of Politics: Where Is My Patronage?

The Pawns of Politics: Where Is My Patronage?

Peter Grear

Educate, organize and mobilize -- For more than a year leading up to the recently completed General Elections, I’ve written about Voter Suppression, gerrymandering, the Black vote and voters.  

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Thurgood Marshall College Fund Focuses on Developing Black CEOs

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Focuses on Developing Black CEOs

Developing Black CEOs

According to research conducted by Richard Zweigenhaft, a psychology professor at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., though Blacks account for more than 13 percent of the U.S. population, 

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Verbal Abuse in the Workplace: Are Men or Women Most at Risk?

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Abuse in the Workplace

There is no significant difference in the prevalence of verbal abuse in the workplace between men and women, according to a systematic review of the literature conducted by researchers at the Institut universitaire de santé mentale de Montréal

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The Decision to Handle Rejection

The Decision to Handle Rejection

Rev. Manson B. Johnson

The Big Idea: Endurance is the key to achieving challenging goals in life.“Man’s rejection can be God’s direction.  God sometimes uses the rejection of hateful people to move us to a new place or assignment–where we wouldn’t have thought of going on our own.  

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How to Turn Personal Obstacles into Triumphs

How to Turn Personal Obstacles into Triumphs

(StatePoint) Everyone faces setbacks in life.

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Woman Fighting for Equality in the Workplace

Written by George Barnette from the AFRO-American newspapers on 02 September 2011.

A local woman is working hard to get more equality in federal jobs as she believes the government is closing doors on opportunities for minorities.   “I felt that Black federal employees that were brave enough to take on the injustices that were happening to us needed to have an advocacy group to actually expose what’s going on in the federal government,” said Tanya Ward Jordan, founder of the Coalition for Change (C4C).

Jordan founded C4C in 2009 after taking part in a class action suit against the U.S. Department of Commerce that was settled out of court.  Jordan says part of the problem lies in the sheer number of opportunities not given to minorities.

According to a 2006 report by the Office of Personnel Management, the percentage of Blacks and Latinos in high-grade positions decreases the higher you get.  GS-08 held the highest percentage of Black and Latino workers at 26.7 percent and 10.7 percent, respectively.  However, for whites, that number increases the higher up the scale one goes.  Whites garnered 81.2 percent of all GS-15 positions, the highest obtainable for civilian employees, distancing its next closest minority group by 74 percent.

"When it’s time to put people in positions, people pick family and friends,” Jordan said.  "When you talk about favoritism in favor of White people at the exclusion of Black people, then a lot of times that translates to racism because a lot of times we’re being blocked out.”

Despite the numbers and Jordan’s assertions, federal law prohibits that practice unless it is "job related and consistent with business necessity."

Part of the issue, Jordan says, is the way complaints have to be filed.  In order for federal employees to start the EEO complaint process, they have to first file a complaint with an EEO counselor within 45 days of when they think they’ve been discriminated against.  If the dispute isn’t settled, then the EEO counselor must inform employees how to file a formal complaint, which the aggrieved then have 15 days to file.

Federal agencies have 180 days to investigate, which will result in a final decision or a hearing before an EEOC administrative judge.  Employees must go through the entire administrative process before filing a lawsuit.

Jordan says for those who have been terminated or were denied employment, the process can become expensive to complete.  “These poor employees have to get legal counsel and once you’re fired, you most likely don’t have much money,” she said.  “They have to take out loans and that type of stuff.  We try to provide information and support the best we can with how they can best help themselves.”

Jordan plans to push forward and says that her work is bigger than just equality in the federal government.  She says it’s about Black people everywhere.  “Internal discrimination on the inside spills over into our public programs and services and how they administer these services to our Black community and other minorities,” she said.  “The federal government is over everything we do.”