By: De Angeles Davis
I am one of the thousands Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo writes about.
The first African-American female union president at the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) Lockheed Martin in Marietta, Georgia. Illegally ousted from my position on April 15, 2005. Appealed to the MSPB, agency decision upheld without any evidence whatsoever.
It shook the very foundation of my core belief in the United States Justice system because I always believed you had to have some type of evidence (even if circumstantial) to determine someone’s guilt/culpability.
Probably true but not for me. Henrietta Snow, African-American GS-15 Deputy facilitated my ouster after I endured years of harassment and retaliation that the Boston District, EEO REFUSED TO INVESTIGATE.
Agencies policing themselves are a joke. So called neutral third parties prove to be just as inept. Colonel Nicole Plourde, Commander, white female avoided me like the plague, when I notified her of the harassment I endured and continued to endure under her administration, she wrote in her Notice of Decision to Remove that “it didn’t matter”. At no time did anyone attempt an investigation. Agency made me the scapegoat for its hostile working environment by identifying me, the African-American female union president as the cause of labor/management strife. This in spite of the agency’s own report that showed the issues complained of were systemic and started years before I even arrived in the agency. Agency promised anonymity to everyone after it ordered a climate survey review then published an executive summary identifying the union president as the source of the agency’s problems.
Repeated attempts to get my story out have been buried and in spite of an extensive writing campaign, no relief has been granted.
I, too, am writing my personal story and hope to have it published so those interested can see first-hand what the Department of Defense does to a three-strike:
(3) yankee employee who transfers to the south for a better life and dare to stand up to an institution of racism.
As one manager stated, I had three strikes against me and my efforts cost me a 25 year government career! Thank God that the media intervened on Ms. Sherrod’s behalf. My story could easily have become her story.
Makes me wonder how many federal employees have lost everything because they dared speak out?
This letter came to us in response to: Shirley Sherrod’s Bizarre Week in the Sacrifice Zone by Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo