CDCR CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT ON BEHALF OF BLACK PRISONERS
CITY OF LONG BEACH CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT
On June 8, 2021 Medina Orthwein LLP filed a race discrimination class action lawsuit against the City of Long Beach. The complaint alleges that the City discriminated against its Black employees by denying them equal opportunity, pay and promotions, failing to protect them from harassment, and subjecting them to unnecessary discipline.
PLAINTIFFS CHRIS STUART, DONNELL RUSSELL, AND ERIC BAILEY COMMENT ON THE LAWSUIT.
Plaintiff Chris Stuart
Plaintiff Donnell Russell
Plaintiff Eric Bailey
Donnell Russell: “Today, we are here to send a very clear message to the City of Long Beach-it is not okay to continue to subject black employees to unfair and oppressive working conditions. The City and its leadership continue to show a reckless disregard for our humanity by subjecting us to less than BASIC professional standards of business practices: inclusiveness, fairness, equity and supportive leadership. The City has also failed in providing oversight to supervisors and managers who continue to impact our daily work lives negatively. This lawsuit is a collective effort to address the systemic racism in the City. The City MUST be held accountable for allowing mistreatment of Black employees-for far too long. Today, City Leaders, our message is simple…It IS Not OKAY!”
Solidarity and Community Support
Members of the Black Employees Alliance are saddened to hear that the Black employees of Long Beach are experiencing anti-Black racism similarly to the experiences of Black employees at the City and County of San Francisco. We want to affirm your efforts and make it clear that you have our full support in taking actions to resolve these matters. We stand by you! In solidarity for empowerment, liberation, and justice!
-City and County of San Francisco Black Employees Alliance
LA Times: Black city workers accuse Long Beach of racial discrimination in lawsuit
KLTA5: In lawsuit, Black city employees accuse Long Beach of racial discrimination
One man was accused of stealing batteries. Another served as the only Black manager among seven departmental managers. One woman stayed in the same unclassified position, at risk of losing her job at any moment, for 19 years. One was told she was part of her department’s “problem children.” And another saw her raise revoked because of an alleged mistake in salary calculations.
REACHING OUT TO MEDINA ORTHWEIN ABOUT THE LAWSUIT
If you are a current or former Black City employee, and you believe you have been discriminated against because of your race, please respond to the questions below if you would like to get in touch with counsel. You can also access the form here. Please note that this form is a legal inquiry, and by responding to this form we are not undertaking legal representation.
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