July 11, 2008

Lawsuit Alleges Race Discrimination in Voting Rights Section

An African-American employee of the U.S. Department of Justice's voting rights section has filed a lawsuit alleging employment discrimination, according to this report. Among the allegations in the complaint, filed on behalf of Joi Hyatte by the Georgetown Institute for Public Representation, are that there was a hostile work environment against African Americans, who were passed over for promotion at DOJ. It singles out the alleged actions of former section chief John Tanner and acting deputy section chief Yvette Rivera. Mr. Tanner previously made news for suggesting that voter ID laws are less harmful to black voters than white voters, because "they die first."

Posted by tokajid at July 11, 2008 08:47 AM