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Michigan corrections officer alleges racial discrimination

A former Michigan corrections officer has filed a lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Corrections citing a very hostile work environment and workplace discrimination of its black employees. The complaint details specific instances in which the plaintiff was at the opposite end of retaliatory action by his fellow co-workers and superiors, for reasons that can only be attributed to the fact that he's black.

The corrections officer, who has spent more than 20 years in the role, and his attorney assert that an 2009 internal investigation showed that the department's "minority workers are four times more likely to be disciplined" than their non-black peers. In fact, so much so, that a former employee says the treatment he faced as the hands of his supervisors was much worse than what he had to put up with in dealing with prisoners.

The lawsuit asserts that the officer's poor treatment began four years prior when he was reassigned to work at the Macomb Correctional Facility. He alleges that he began being discriminated against at his workplace soon after turning in one of his superiors for mocking a training video and posting it online for the public.

After reporting the superior's indiscretions, the officer alleges that he was first reprimanded for using one of the facility's computers for personal use then later for sleeping while at work. Internal video proved the allegations to be false. What is seen as racial discrimination continued as he and other African American officers showed up to certify at the range at a pre-scheduled time, but were not allowed to do so.

Corrections officials noted that they are unaware of the lawsuit. They also note that the investigation into previous allegations of racial discrimination are not recent, but instead from many years' back. The official was unable to confirm whether the issue has been fully resolved.

If you have been victim of what you perceive to be discrimination in the workplace, you might have a right to stake a claim for lost wages and other damages. You might benefit from scheduling an appointment with a civil rights rights attorney with whom you can discuss your case and the potential courses of action you may be able to pursue.

Source:, "Black corrections officer sues MDOC over discrimination, hostile work environment," Amy Lange, Dec. 07, 2016

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