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Stop Legal Discrimination

Organized by: Concerned Citizen

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I'm a minority woman who works for an Alaskan Native American-owned company. Recently I was 'promoted' to an entry level management position. I am the first woman and the first minority to have this position; all previous to me were White males. Although I was told there was no salary increase to go with the 'promotion' , I know the people who had the position in the past got a significant raise. Since I've held the position my boss, a White male, has been systematically stripping all duties and authority from me and giving them to other White males. I'm stuck with accountability, while the White males have the authority and bolster their resumes by taking over the duties that historically belonged to the position I now hold. Additionally, although these White men report to me on paper, I am not allowed to supervise them in any way.

I filed a claim with EEOC. My claim went to the Mediation department, then to the Enforcement Unit. When I was asked, I was told that if initially the claim was determined to have merit, Mediation would be offered to the company. Apparently, Mediation was turned down so my claim went to Enforcement for further investigation. EEOC sent me a letter identifying my assigned investigator. Incidents continue to happen and I would forward all relevant documentation to the investigator.

Recently the investigator called me and informed me my claim could not be handled by the EEOC. Apparently, since my employer is a Native American owned company, under the Alaskan Native Settlement Act of 1971 they are exempt from obeying the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Even though a White male supervisor blatantly discriminated against me, the company cannot be held responsible or liable for their employee's actions.

Now I know the very valid basis for the ANCSA Act in regards to civil rights. It is meant to protect these special corporations formed to address the wrongs Native Americans have suffered from actions such as being sued for 'disproportionally' hiring Native Americans. I understand and support that. What is is NOT meant for is for White males to have unrestricted license to carry our their own personal prejudicial agendas. My White male supervisor is working for a minority company and using his position to practice blatant racism, sexism, and who knows what else!

This is WRONG. And this is where you come in. I may not be able to hold the company accountable, but I can personally file a civil suit against my supervisor. With your help I can hire the best lawyers and expert advisers and make him PAY! Best of all he will learn the hard way there is more than one way to hold him accountable for his prejudicial actions. We all know the best lawyers and advisers cost money; they require upfront retainers, initial consultation fees, etc. I'm trying to raise enough money to cover my legal fees and associated expenses. I may even be able to convince the media to shine a spotlight on this blatant misuse of the federal governmental laws whose original intention was to address the valid grievances of Native Americans. Let's strike a blow against discrimination loopholes! Together we can make a difference!


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