|Updated Aug. 11, 2002
Lawsuit: The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development long has had an aggressive minority hiring quota program. An Office of Personnel Management report released this year shows that HUD has deliberately over-hired blacks by 382.9% more than their proportion in the civilian work force. White employees are routinely denied advancement within the agency in order to give preference to designated minorities.
Recently, a class action lawsuit has been filed against HUD for their anti-white discriminatory policies. The Center for Individual Rights has filed suit against the agency on behalf of three white plaintiffs and all others similarly situated.
The CIR attorneys stated "The basis of the lawsuit is HUD's mechanical use of goals and preferences to remedy even slight disparities in minority and female representation in its workforce, without any evidence that such disparities are the result of discrimination," explained Curt Levey, CIR's Director of Legal & Public Affairs.
Sexual Harassment, Racial Favoritism, Vendettas: During the waning days of the Clinton administration, HUD director Andrew Cuomo embarrassed HUD and the entire affirmative action program by waging a personal war against his own inspector general, Susan Gaffney. Gaffney -- as IG -- was supposed to be able to operate independently of the boss. When she actually began uncovering fraud (which is her job) Cuomo became incensed. Here's a brief chronology of this Washington soap opera:
- 1993: Gaffney is appointed by Bill Clinton to be Inspector General of HUD.
- 1997: Cuomo threatened Gaffney with humiliation if she wouldn't stop criticizing his "HUD 2020 Management Reform Plan"
- 1997: Black HUD employee Philip Newsome applied for the job of deputy inspector general for investigations at HUD. Gaffney gave the job to a white employee; Newsome sued.
- 1998: In an apparent attempt to set Gaffney up, Cuomo ordered her to investigate only cities with black mayors for fraudulent use of HUD funds. Cuomo later denied he ordered the investigation.
- Somewhere along the line -- perhaps a little too coincidentally -- Cuomo's operatives "discover" that members of Gaffney's staff are using office computers to download pornography from the Internet.
- 2000: Susan Gaffney files a sexual harassment and discrimination complaint against Cuomo for his harassing weekend phone calls and threats.
- 2001: Gaffney resigns in June after Philip Newsome (see above) successfully sued the agency for racial discrimination.
See Gaffney-Cuomo War.
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