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Discrimination lawsuit filed against town of Palm Beach

mcneir | 12/14/2011, 7:30 a.m.

The town of Palm Beach has recently come under fire after members of its police department claimed that they have been targets of anti-semitic, racial and ethnic slurs and sexual harassment by their superior officers. Prominent trial attorney Willie Gary, along with his team of lawyers, has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit on behalf of the officers. Individual complaints have also been filed with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission. Litigation has already begun and we believe this is the kind of mission that Dr. [Martin Luther] King would have accepted, said Gary, 63. We have to make sure that all citizens have a level playing field and that we maintain efforts to stamp out segregation and racism. Discrimination is faced by more than just Blacks Hispanics and Jews face the same thing in the work force. That plays out in discrimination in promotions and evaluations that are based solely on who people are rather than the quality of their job performance. Its the way they do business in Palm Beach. Some actually have made statements like the Holocaust never happened and are still using the N word. Thats simply unacceptable. Gary is seeking monetary justice for his clients. He says the litigation is an effort to make people whole again. There are those in this state who would like to turn back the hands of time we cannot allow that to happen, he said. For the moment we are in mediation and hope to pass the peace pipe. But if that doesnt work, this suit will proceed. We can never forget that injustice to anyone is injustice to everyone. By D. Kevin McNeir kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com