WHITE EMPLOYEE SUES CITY OF DC FOR DISCRIMINATION: Black Employees Openly Expressed Displeasure Of Having To Work For A “Honkey” Or “Cracker”

It appears that tolerance is a one-way street at the DPW in Washington DC. Honkey’s need not apply…

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Nobody is immune to bigotry. Blacks are just as capable of being prejudiced as whites and acting on it.

Just ask a white male named Christopher Lyons.

Lyons claims in an explosive but little noticed federal lawsuit that he was fired as a District of Columbia Department of Public Works supervisor because black employees did not want to work for a “honkey,” as they repeatedly called him. Lyons says he was ousted for blowing the whistle on on fraud and waste at the DPW.

Lyons’ complaint against the DPW, which handles trash collection and enforces parking regulations in the District, includes a two page chart describing all the racial harassment black he allegedly endured from black workers — as the DPW’s director, also black, looked the other way.

Lyons finally got the boot after just eight months on the job without explanation. But one employee certainly wished him a bon voyage. The day he was fired somebody posted a sign on Lyons’ door that said, “Get out white boy.”

So much for white skin privileges!

The abuse started soon after Lyons went to work in January, 2012 for the DPW as deputy administrator for “fleet management,” which, as you might gather from the name, involves overseeing all D.C. government vehicles. He was the only white supervisor at the DPW and apparently the first one ever at the Fleet division.
Who knew that the District government does not value diversity?

Indeed, all the other workers in the fleet division were black, and if the allegations are correct, they almost immediately resented their new “honkey” boss.

When Smith addressed black workers at his first Fleet staff meeting in March 2012, garage mechanics called him a “cracker,” “white boy,” and “honkey,” the lawsuit says.

And so it went.

–At an April 2012 meeting Smith was called “whitey.”

–But folks got a little more sensitive on May 9, 2012. Somebody said he should be called “white man” not “white boy.”

–On May 15, 2012, black employees told Lyons they could not work for a “honkey.”

Nobody is immune to bigotry. Blacks are just as capable of being prejudiced as whites and acting on it.

Just ask a white male named Christopher Lyons.

Lyons claims in an explosive but little noticed federal lawsuit that he was fired as a District of Columbia Department of Public Works supervisor because black employees did not want to work for a “honkey,” as they repeatedly called him. Lyons says he was ousted for blowing the whistle on on fraud and waste at the DPW.

Lyons’ complaint against the DPW, which handles trash collection and enforces parking regulations in the District, includes a two page chart describing all the racial harassment black he allegedly endured from black workers — as the DPW’s director, also black, looked the other way.

Lyons finally got the boot after just eight months on the job without explanation. But one employee certainly wished him a bon voyage. The day he was fired somebody posted a sign on Lyons’ door that said, “Get out white boy.”

get out white boy

So much for white skin privileges!

The abuse started soon after Lyons went to work in January, 2012 for the DPW as deputy administrator for “fleet management,” which, as you might gather from the name, involves overseeing all D.C. government vehicles. He was the only white supervisor at the DPW and apparently the first one ever at the Fleet division.

Who knew that the District government does not value diversity?

Indeed, all the other workers in the fleet division were black, and if the allegations are correct, they almost immediately resented their new “honkey” boss.

When Smith addressed black workers at his first Fleet staff meeting in March 2012, garage mechanics called him a “cracker,” “white boy,” and “honkey,” the lawsuit says.

And so it went.

–At an April 2012 meeting Smith was called “whitey.”

–But folks got a little more sensitive on May 9, 2012. Somebody said he should be called “white man” not “white boy.”

–On May 15, 2012, black employees told Lyons they could not work for a “honkey.”

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–On June 8, 2012, a tire shop supervisor, upset at taking orders from Smith, yelled that he was sick of this “honkey” stuff.

–On July 12, another black worker vowed he would not take orders from a “white boy.”

The lawsuit says DPW Director Bill Howland was informed of the racist abuse by an HR official, but he did nothing.

Well, nothing but axe Lyons without explanation in August 2012.

According to the lawsuit, black employees pressured director Howland to cut Lyons loose because they did not want a white supervisor.

Howland told Lyons, who had received good reviews, that his dismissal was “not performance related,” according to the lawsuit. Howland, interestingly, resigned in May after 11 years on the job without giving an explanation.

After Lyons filed a complaint with the D.C. Human Rights Commission, the DPW claimed Lyons was fired for not meeting “performance metrics,” like the turnaround time for car repairs.

Lyons sued the District and the Department of Public Works in May, 2014 for racial discrimination.

The District’s rebuttal to the discrimination claim was essentially, “Even if Lyons was called a honkey that is not why he got fired.”

Or as D.C. Assistant Attorney General Sarah Knapp argued in court papers: “If an impermissible factor was used in taking an employment action against the Plaintiff, the District would have taken the same employment action as was taken against Plaintiff in the absence of the use of the alleged impermissible factor.”

The honkey’s lawsuit also alleges violation of the District of Columbia Whistleblower Act. Lyons claims he was fired for reporting waste, fraud and abuse at the DPW, including “inflated” numbers on performance benchmarks, such as how quickly cars were repaired.

In other words, the 2011 performance results that D.C. later said he was fired for not meeting in 2012 were actually fraudulent.

Last week, D.C. filed a motion for summary judgment on the whistleblower claim only, saying it was filed after the statute of limitations ran out. That means even if the judge rules in the District’s favor about the whistleblower allegation the race discrimination claim is headed for trial, says Morris Fischer, the lawyer for Lyons.

Fischer recognizes his client has an unusual case. Discrimination against whites is not part of the media, cultural and political zeitgeist.

“You have to stand up for what’s right, even if it’s politically unpopular,” he told The Mirror.

Lyons has since found similar work at a D.C. area private employer for $30,000 less than his $120,000 DPW salary. The Mirror is withholding the employer’s name so he is not deluged with phone calls.

But let’s hope Lyons’ new work place has more tolerance for honkies than the D.C. Department of Public Works apparently does.

Via: Daily Caller

 


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