Life-Size Ape Placed On Black Employee’s Desk, Employer Refuses To Move It For 3 Weeks

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  • In 2009, Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) state worker Crystal Perry met with her supervisor to discuss why she was overlooked for a promotion. Days later, someone reportedly perched a 5-foot-tall ape on top of her cubicle wall to which Perry responded by filing a lawsuit against the agency charging discrimination. Now, more than three years later, an Ingham County judge has fined Perry’s employer $1,000 for every day the toy remained on her desk, which amounts to $21,000, according to the Huffington Post.

    Once Perry, 47, who has a Master’s degree in human resources and labor relations, discovered the ape above her cubicle, she reportedly approached her supervisor, Duane Noworyta, who is White, about the inappropriate toy. According to Perry, she asked her supervisor repeatedly to remove the ape, but Noworyta allegedly refused and walked away each time.

    Perry even reportedly sent e-mails to the DHS department responsible for employee harassment issues but the ape remained untouched for a three-week period.

    “It truly belittled me. It just made me feel less than a person,” Perry, has been with DHS for six years, told the Lansing Journal.

    Perry also claims that there were several White colleagues at DHS who had been promoted to supervisory positions within the agency even though they lacked degrees.

    Last month, after Judge Rosemarie Aquilina finally reviewed Perry’s lawsuit, the judge was particularly moved by the fact that the employer did not remove the ape. While some may argue that Perry should have just removed the ape herself, Perry says, “I didn’t want someone to say [I wasn’t] supposed to do that. It [racist situations] always gets turned back on the victim.”

    And the judge agrees with her.

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    6 thoughts on “Life-Size Ape Placed On Black Employee’s Desk, Employer Refuses To Move It For 3 Weeks

    1. It is really disgusting to place an ape on black employee’s desk. Ann employee whether black or white should have all the rights that an employee have and no management ever has the right to behave like this with the employee. I think the employee has to take the help of law and sue the management for their act of stupidity. The most important thing for employees to have a deep knowledge of all their rights so that in case of disputes, they can use the law in right way. To know more about the labour laws, click here.

    2. until I looked at the draft which said $7633, I have faith that my mom in-law woz trully making money in their spare time on their laptop.. there brothers friend haz done this less than six months and resently repayed the mortgage on their appartment and bought Fiat Panda. I went here– ℬuzz80.ℂOℳ

    3. Good for her. The crazy part is a lot of white people say affirmative action is wrong but they have benefited from the color of their skin all their lives. They have received promotions and jobs because of the color of their skin and not their ability or education. Blacks have to have the education and know how and still get paid less.

    4. AND THIS IS WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE DEPT OF HUMAN SERVICES , IS THERE SOMEONE THAT CAN TELL ME WHAT WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED SINCE THE MURDERS OF THE MEN WHO STOOD UP TOO THIS TYPE OF INJUSTICE (KING,MALCOLM) WHEN WHITNEY YOUNG TRIED TO REACH OUT IN A MANNER THAT WOULD HAVE BROUGHT A REAL SENSE OF EQUALITY, THE TRUE INTENSIONS WERE REVEALED. THE BLACK PANTHERS DID NOT ASK FOR PERMISSION TO BE TREATED AS A HUMAN BEING THEY DEMANDED IT FOR THEMSELVES AND THERE THE COMMUNITY BECAUSE AT THAT TIME THE POLICE WERE THE ONE’S DELIVERING THE DOPE TO OUR COMMUNITY , THERE WERE MURDERED IN THERE SLEEP BY POLICE. I GREW UP IN THE AUSTIN AREA OF THE WESTSIDE OF CHICAGO AND AT THAT TIME HISTORY REPEATED ITSELF THE COPS WERE TRANSPORTING THE DRUGS AND GANGBANGING.THE SAYING IS TRUE THAT HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF BUT ONLY IF YOU DO NOT REFER TO IT FOR FUTURE GUIDANCE. WHAT OUR COMMUNITIES ARE LACKING IS REAL LEADERS. AND IF BY CHANCE WE ARE TO “OVERCOME” IT IS BY OUR OWN LEADERSHIP IT WILL HAPPEN. EVEN WITH HIGHER EDUCATION MS PERRY FELT SMALL AND DISRESPECTED. AFTER HUNDREDS OF YEARS OF THIS TYPE OF TREATMENT (AND THE MENTAL ENSLAVEMENT IS FAR WORSE THAN PHYSICAL) THE YOUTH THAT DO NOT HAVE ELDER GUIDANCE ARE LOST. OUR CULTURE RELIES ON OUR ELDERS AND THE PURPOSE OF KILLING THESE FIGURES WAS & IS TO KEEP THIS CONFUSION AND PROFITS ROLLING IN. MR JESSE JACKSON JR & SENIOR SHAME ON YOU FOR TALKING IT BUT LIVING IN A GATED COMMUNITY AND NOT WALKING IT. ( CASHMERE $5,500 REALLY?)

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