In June, 2015 we held our first press briefing at the historic Louis L. Redding home in Wilmington Delaware announcing our plans to launch a series of community hearings. Hearings were scheduled in each county at nine (9) different churches to provide state employees the opportunity to give testimonials about their experiences in the workplace. The stories were disturbing and heart wrenching. Black employees revealed they have been subjected to decades of discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Management failed to address grievances and complaints when filed. The Department of Labor’s Office of Anti-Discrimination failed to properly investigate claims and quite often employees were denied due process. Employees reported the union representatives failed to properly represent their interest or provide proper guidance and support during the grievance process. The state’s grievance process was riddled with inconsistencies and the state of Delaware did not have a uniform grievance policy or an anti-discrimination policy.
The hearings ended in August 2015 and a report of the findings and information requested through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was presented to Governor Jack A. Markell. Minimal steps were taken by Governor Markell to address the crisis in the state government during the final eighteen (18) months of his term.
- To gather additional information, testimony, evidence and documentation in support of charges that racism exists in epidemic proportions in state government
- To identify the levels of racism, discrimination, bigotry and harassment in state employment and investigate how it has been nurtured and manifested into an institutionalized and accepted mode of operandi.
- Establish immediate, short and long range goals to remove all spectrums of racism and discrimination in state employment.
- Propose legislation and policy changes that will effectively eradicate all instances of racism and or discrimination by penalizing individual employees and departments that practice, condone and support intolerant behavior.