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A group of 11 black and Hispanic Cheap Beats Headphones supervisors filed suit against the city Sanitation Department Tuesday, saying they‚Äôve been denied promotions because of their race and subjected to a discriminatory ‚Äúplantation‚ÄĚ culture.
‚ÄúWe still have a plantation mentality at the Department of Sanitation,‚ÄĚ said supervisor Andrenia Burgis, a black veteran employee who joined fellow plaintiffs at a press conference outside the agency‚Äôs Manhattan headquarters. ‚ÄúThey‚Äôre in the front and we stand in back.‚ÄĚ
The class-action suit in Manhattan Federal Court charges that while 55% of street-level Sanitation workers are black or Hispanic, that proportion does not continue to management.
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‚ÄúThere‚Äôs an astounding culture of racism in the sanitation department,‚ÄĚ attorney Arthur Schwartz said after filing the suit on Abraham Lincoln‚Äôs birthday. ‚ÄúIt would have been astounding by 1960s culture.‚ÄĚ
Burgis, who is 50, said she has worked at the agency since 1998 and been passed over for a promotion to superintendent level 2 for three years.
Promotions at that level are not decided by exam results, as lower-level positions are, and are based on the discretion of bosses.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs not about merit,‚ÄĚ Burgis said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs about who you know and what color your skin is and that‚Äôs so unfair.‚ÄĚ
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The group intentionally filed Beats Studio Headphones Cheap suit on Lincoln‚Äôs birthday to make a point about the 14th Amendment, enacted after the Civil War, which guarantees equal protection under the law regardless of race. The suit also seeks $1 million each for the plaintiffs.
Sanitation Superintendent Leticia Smith, 44, of Brooklyn, said she Cheap Beats Studio was the first Hispanic female ever to be promoted to superintendent. But since that 2007 bump, she‚Äôs hit a glass ceiling.
‚ÄúThey just don‚Äôt want any women of color,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúWe have two women who were promoted instead of me ‚Äē one is Italian and one is Irish.‚ÄĚ
Supervisor Chris Burgos, 40, said he has been written up multiple times for ‚Äúfrivolous complaints‚ÄĚ as he gets closer to being promoted to superintendent.
‚ÄúIf Beats For Sale you have write-ups on your file, they have the right to skip you over,‚ÄĚ Burgos said. ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs the box that they‚Äôre putting me in.‚ÄĚ
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He said Beats For Sale Online the pressure has affected his personal life and been a burden on his family.
‚ÄúIf you come to work every day and you get criticized for everything you do it‚Äôs hard to not succumb,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúYou start to think, ‚ÄėAm I really that bad?‚Äô You lose confidence.‚ÄĚ
Schwartz said the group intentionally filed suit on Lincoln‚Äôs birthday to make a point about the 14th Amendment, enacted after the Civil War, which guarantees equal protection under the law regardless of race.
The suit calls on the department to freeze promotions until a system is in place to guarantee fairness, a court-appointed monitor is installed and plaintiffs are paid damages of $1 million each.
A Law Department spokeswoman declined to comment, saying the city had not yet seen the suit.