EPA Orders Death and Rape Threat Victim to Return to EPA Office against Doctors Orders
For Immediate Release
EPA Administrator Steve Johnson has ordered Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, to return to EPA Offices after receiving death and rape threats while she pursued an EEO complaint. Dr. Coleman-Adebayo’s historic jury verdict sparked a national debate on retaliation and harassment in the federal workplace ending with President Bush signing the first civil rights act of the 21st century – the Notification of Federal Employees Anti-discrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002 – NO FEAR.[see picture below]
However, since President Bush signed the law and Congress bestowed upon Dr. Coleman-Adebayo, congressional whistleblower protection, she has continued to be the target on unmitigating retaliation, harassment and racial discrimination. A federal jury determined that Dr. Coleman-Adebayo workplace at the EPA was a “hostile environment” and awarded her $600,000 in compensatory damages. However, the passage of a federal law and congressional support has not deterred EPA from continuing its “march to insanity” to set an example of how whistleblowers are treated at the Agency.
The Honorable Walter Fauntroy, Washington, D.C. Delegate to Congress for 20 yeas, served as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s personal representative to presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson, and currently the President of the National Black Leadership Roundtable has written to EPA Administrator Steve Johnson:
“I served on the Committee that reviewed the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and investigated government abuse of US citizens called COINTEL. I am cognizant of our nation’s history that has allowed citizens that challenge the status quo to become the target of both internal and external forces that threaten their lives–one only has to remember the unfortunate death of Karen Silkwood and other whistleblowers. Your decision to once again place the life and health of Dr. Coleman-Adebayo in jeopardy, when she has successfully worked at her home office for over four years, under your leadership before becoming Administrator of the EPA and currently as the head of the Office of the Administrator- her current duty station, is suspicious at best and perflexing at worst.
On the eve of her return to what a US Federal Jury called a “hostile work environment”, the civil, human rights and whistleblower communities put you on notice that you will personally be held accountable for any adverse consequences of your decision. We would appreciate your personally assurance that Dr. Coleman-Adebayo’s life and health will not be placed in jeopardy on your watch and that you will accept any and all consequences of your action to return her to what a federal jury called “ a hostile work environment.”
Dr. Coleman-Adebayo’s plight with the EPA will be the subject of a major motion picture entitled: No FEAR: the Marsha Coleman-Adebayo story.