Brooklyn Botanic Garden Security Officer Claims Racism

By Leeds Brown Law | June 27, 2011

Anthony Quarless, 47 years old, is a former head of security at Brooklyn Botanic Garden who filed a federal discrimination complaint against the gardens after he contacted the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in October 2009.  He accused the Garden of demeaning racial practices, by undercutting his authority and making him and other minority workers feel unwelcome. The plaintiff worked there for 28 years. He alleges that he was pressured to accept a white assistant security director over a capable black candidate and was told to investigate crimes committed by minority workers but not by whites. Additionally, he alleged an event that occurred when a white intern was caught stealing coins from a fountain.  The white intern was suspended, however a black employee who was caught stealing money from the gift shop was not only fired, but taken out through the front lobby in handcuffs. Read full article:

Many laws and government agencies seek to protect against discrimination. Such laws and agencies incude: The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Equal Pay Act (EPA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  Specifically, they are intended to protect people from being treated differently by employers on the basis of their age, race, gender, religion, disability, national origin, sexual orientation and other factors. These important laws do not always stop discrimination from occurring, but offer aggrievd members of protected classes of people a method to obtain justice. Under the EEOC, for example, it is unlawful to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of his/her race or color in regard to hiring, termination, promotion, compensation, job training, or any other term, condition, or privilege of employment. Please visit the EEOC’s website for more information:

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