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Noble intentions, ignoble methods in DeKalb County

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources,Leaders & Managers,Management Training

DeKalb County faces a discrimination lawsuit by employees who allege that the county’s parks management, attempting to create a ”darker administration” to better reflect county demographics, discriminated against white employees.

Among the plaintiffs are three white former employees who claimed they suffered hostile treatment and were forced to resign because of their color. Another plaintiff, a black former employee, alleges he received the same treatment for refusing to discriminate against white managers. He claims management told him to withhold information from white employees so they would appear incompetent.

The federal appeals judge who permitted the case to proceed to trial ruled that the environment in the department could be perceived as “pervasively and discriminatorily hostile and abusive.”

Final note: The parks department may have had good intentions, but its methods were no better than those that led to the environment it was attempting to correct. The case illustrates the dangers of using discriminatory practices to correct perceived discrimination.  

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