C4C, Inc., Calls On Interior Secretary Salazar To Fire Supervisory Employee Who Referred To African-American Subordinates As “Monkeys”

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Washington, DC-The Coalition For Change, Inc., (C4C) a public interest group established to expose and combat employment discrimination in the Federal government is calling on U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to fire a senior Interior official named Craig Littlejohn, who referred to African-American subordinates as “monkeys.”

In a letter to the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Mr. Philip Taylor, C4C, Inc.'s Acting President wrote, “ . . . the recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s decision detailing Mr. Craig Littlejohn’s racist name-calling and his discriminatory interference with the selection process makes him unfit to serve in a position of public trust in the Federal government.” In his letter, Taylor added that C4C members were deeply troubled that department officials have failed to administer prompt or appropriate disciplinary action against Littlejohn in light of the EEOC’s decision and an article in The Washington Post.

The EEOC Decision [EEOC No. 570-2008-00625X, July 2, 2010] details how Littlejohn, who after becoming Chief Information Officer in the Office of Solicitor moved the African-American employees under his supervision out of the headquarters office and replaced them with non-African American contractors.

Mr. Philip Taylor, C4C, Inc.’s Acting President states “Department of Interior officials’ failure to address Mr. Littlejohn’s blatant transgressions serves to condone the hostile and intolerable work environment that he has created for minority employees under his supervision.”

The Founder of C4C,Inc., Tanya Jordan, stated she formed the civil rights support group because too many civil servants suffer damaging health effects from prolonged physical and psychological abuse at the hands of supervisors, like Littlejohn, who are seldom if ever held accountable. "The deplorable actions of Littlejohn and others need to be exposed and addressed before the health of civil servants and the public is put at further risk," asserts Jordan.

“It would appear from reading the judge’s ruling that Mr. Littlejohn does not represent the type of individual an organization would desire to lead a diverse workforce in the 21st Century," stated Taylor. "Littlejohn’s palpable behavior which involves depriving African-Americans from employment opportunities should not be tolerated by agency officials or compensated by the American public.”    C4C has listed Littlejohn as a Responsible Management Official (RMO) on its website link at http://www.coalition4change.org/RMO.htm.

The C4C letter to Secretary Salazar also criticizes the department’s pending efforts to appeal the EEOC’s decision and for not placing more emphasis and agency resources to address EEOC findings of overt and blatant discriminatory employment practices throughout the U.S. Department of Interior.

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