Three veteran employees of the New York State Human Rights Division—responsible for enforcing the state's anti-bias laws—have filed federal lawsuits against the agency and charge a "pattern of discrimination that hurts women and blacks in favor of gay white men."
It's worth noting that the suit was filed by a black female employee and HRD Commissioner Kumiki Gibson is also a black woman. However, attorneys say the alleged preferential treatment for gay white men began after previous discrimination lawsuits were filed by older, white women.
The New York case is not unique. In 2005 and 2006, several black heterosexual employees of the New Jersey Civil Rights Division—also responsible for enforcing the state's anti-bias laws—sued the agency and charged management "discriminated against black and straight employees" and "unfairly" hired and promoted "whites, Latinos and gays ahead of them." The agency's director, J. Frank Vespa-Papaleo, was described as gay, and, at the time, in a "romantic relationship" with a subordinate.
"Gay White Males Suit" [NY Post]
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