The court order on which Randolph Heaster reported in “Discrimination case ends; Lawsuit asserted that some were improperly denied work by a job-referral list” (7/9, Business) was disappointing. My clients and I were dismayed by Local 2 business manager Ken Alexander’s comments that he “regrets” the union defended against a “case (that) should never have been filed.”
It is shocking that a labor union responsible for protecting its members from unfair practices, including discrimination, would regret the filing of a discrimination case.
Those courageous enough to challenge discrimination are heroes and champions of justice and should not face retribution. Often at great risk to their employment and reputation, civil rights plaintiffs demand equal rights.
My clients should be applauded for attempting to dismantle employment discrimination they perceived, not publicly labeled as objects of regret.
Acting deputy director of legal programs, Acting director of employment discrimination project
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law