JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – JEA is being sued by 5 Black workers who’re alleging employment discrimination.
The 5 plaintiffs particularly allege discrimination in making use of for promotions and different positions inside JEA.
In a number of cases, they allege that they have been handed over for promotions resulting from discrimination inside the interview and interview scoring course of. There was additionally a separate written examination.
The lawsuit references a earlier Equal Employment Alternative Fee grievance.
Among the employees say they have been compelled to resign from JEA resulting from a hostile work surroundings.
The lawsuit additionally alleges widespread discriminatory practices and a racially hostile work surroundings at JEA, describing how Black workers have been “funneled” into customer support positions whereas JEA “saved” higher paying jobs resembling linemen for white workers.
It additionally describes derogatory memes and emails circulated amongst JEA electronic mail addresses.
The lawsuit additionally cites white workers who reported witnessing Black workers being belittled, handled in a different way and disparaged by white supervisors.
Based on the lawsuit, the EEOC issued “proper to sue” letters on Jan. 6 — a letter from the EEOC saying it’s finished all it will probably do, and the following step can be a federal lawsuit.
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