Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Asian police targets of workplace racial discrimination at NY's Port Authority brought my attention to an article by Newsday reporting that Asian officers at NY's Port Authority are accusing non-Asian officers of racial discrimination.

Asian police society accuses Port Authority of discrimination NEW YORK -- Asian police officers working for The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey repeatedly have been subjected to racial slurs and denied promotions, officers alleged in a lawsuit filed Friday. The Port Authority Police Asian Jade Society of New York, an organization of Asian officers, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. The lawsuit said that since 1996, Asian police officers have faced racial slurs by non-Asian officers, who called them "chink," "gook," "slant-eye" or "fish-head." It said non-Asian officers, including Port Authority management employees, also made derogatory references to Asian food and mocked Asian accents over the Port Authority police radio. "The derogatory remarks and racial slurs against Asian police officers create a hostile work environment and perpetuate prejudice, disparate treatment and employment discrimination against Asian police officers," the lawsuit said. It said officers who complained about the derogatory remarks, racial slurs or discriminatory treatment were either ignored or subject to retaliatory action including false disciplinary charges, denial of promotions, social ostracism and public ridicule. Lou Martinez, a Port Authority spokesman, said: "The Port Authority's proud of its diverse police force and its efforts to promote diversity within the department. Because of pending litigation, it would be inappropriate to comment any further." In particular, the lawsuit cited the difficulty Asian officers have had gaining promotions in the Port Authority police force, which has more than 1,000 officers. From 1996 to Jan. 31, 2001, no Asian police officers were promoted to sergeant, even though at least seven Asian police officers were eligible before 1998 and at least 10 officers were eligible between 1998 and 2000, the lawsuit said. It said the rank of sergeant was the first official supervisory level in the department and could bring raises of as much as 25 percent. Several dozen non-Asian officers were promoted to the rank of sergeant before 2001, it added. On Jan. 31, 2001, the Asian officers organization filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. After the complaint and the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks created an urgent need for supervisory officers, the Port Authority promoted two Asian officers to sergeant, the lawsuit noted.
Are we surprised? No, not really.


Anonymous C.N. Le said...

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4/22/2005 09:50:00 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Thanks! I *love* Asian-Nation and am flattered that you stopped by to check me out!

4/22/2005 11:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are pathetic. If you ever saw the content of a typical union complaint or the way in which union reps and lawyers treat government officials you would be appalled. Well, I guess you wouldn't because you believe that if a minority makes a complaint it must be true. Have you ever worked in government?

4/28/2005 01:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Bob Doal said...

It's hard to trust people who speak such poor English.

Why don't you people learn English before you come here instead of expecting everyone else to accomodate your language handicap.

6/22/2005 09:50:00 PM  
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6/22/2005 09:52:00 PM  
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