According to an employee of Seattle’s Human Services Department, Joshua Diemert, it’s not just that the Seattle Human Services Department has adopted Critical Race Theory and started working it into its training program. Rather, it’s that that CRT-based training and CRT-induced mentality became, as Just the News reports, the “basis for years of race-based promotions and treatment of program applicants, verbal abuse, retaliation and even violent threats.”
In fact, according to the lawsuit filed by Mr. Diemert, he was routinely harassed by those in the office because of his race, with Mr. Diemert claiming that he faced “unrelenting coercion and racial harassment“. That coercion and harassment allegedly came from his supervisor, who demanded that he lessen his “white privilege” by resigning so that a minority could be promoted into a leadership role he was in.
Shockingly, Mr. Diemert complied with the supervisor’s demands and gave up the role. The department then promoted two “people of color”, neither of whom had any supervisory experience, to the leadership position. they were unable to do the job and so, Just the News reports, “required constant hand-holding from Diemert to do his former role.”
Additionally, he claims that the department would not process his Family and Medical Leave Act request as a form of retaliation after he criticized the city’s Race and Social Justice Initiative. The situation became so bad and unjust that the US Department of Labor had to step in and force the city to comply.
The lawsuit, describing the horrific situation Mr. Diemert was put in by the city during his time in the Human Services Department, claims that “Mr. Diemert had to constantly be on defense, as his work environment became increasingly toxic and hostile. He was forced to continue looking at degrading and racist material disseminated in the office that labeled him a white supremacist.”
Just the News, adding more details on the suit and the situation Mr. Diemart was facing because of Critical Race Theory, reports that:
He also lost promotions owed him for going far beyond his own responsibilities — at one point doing the work of six budgeted yet unhired employees because of a senior official’s goof — and never received a “permanent promotion nor a substantial pay increase,” which he attributes to his opposition to RSJI.
HSD “constructively discharge[d]” him a year ago, nearly nine years after he joined as a program intake representative.
Diemert filed suit after getting authorization from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission this summer, based on a year and a half of charges filed against the city as officials gave him “increasingly adverse treatment” for going to EEOC. He’s represented by the Pacific Legal Foundation.
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