September 18, 2014

Maryland: “Workers Suing Anne Arundel Library System”

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From the Maryland Gazette (Annapolis):

After a year of failed talks between the NAACP and the county library over claims of workplace discrimination, the first of two lawsuits is set to go to trial on Jan. 29.

Three African-American men sued the Anne Arundel County Public Library in May, claiming the organization has a long history of discriminating against black employees.

The lawsuits, one filed by Larry Randall of Glen Burnie and the other by Baltimore residents Cyrus Scott and Ronald Smith, claim the library has routinely discriminated against African Americans in hiring, training, safety and pay raises.

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After the three library employees sued last year, members of the NAACP met with the Board of Library Trustees.

As a result of that meeting, said Skip Auld, executive director of the library system, the libraries have worked diligently to make diversity a key component in daily operations.

The lawsuits, Auld said, are without merit.

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