City employees file suit for alleged racial discrimination

November 7, 2019

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Two court administrators have filed a whistleblower lawsuit against a New Jersey city for alleged racial and gender discrimination.

NJ.com reports Jacqueline Bland and Debbian Barr are suing the city of Englewood for violating state laws against workplace discrimination and retaliation.

According to the suit, Bland and Barr claim that over the past 10 years they “have never received any merit salary increases when other similarly situated peer employees” have received raises.

The women claim human resources did nothing to stop employees from discriminating against them because for their Jamaican heritage.

They also claim they were harassed by upper level supervisors for over a year and the city did nothing to stop it.

Interim City Manager Jewel Thompson-Chin says these claims “pre-date the commencement of my consulting engagement” with Englewood.