While simple fairness should have protected Sherrod (USDA officials refused to allow her to rebut the false charges before they forced her to resign), NOFEAR could cost the USDA plenty, should decide Sherrod sue over her treatment (she has already announced plans to bring a libel suit against her initial tormentor, Andrew Breitbart, the maker of a deceptively edited video clip of her speech to the NAACP).
"What happened to Ms. Sherrod happens to thousands of federal employees daily," said Coleman-Adebayo, whose NOFEAR Coalition is demanding an investigation into the Sherrod firing.
"Sherrod was a political appointee, so I think it's unlikely that her firing was done without some consultation with the White House," said Coleman-Adebayo, brushing off claims by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, a former Democratic governor of Iowa, that he alone had decided to pull the plug on Sherrod.
"How far did this firing go up the political chain of command? We think an investigation will find a cover-up," Coleman-Adebayo said during a recent interview with ThisCan'tBeHappening!
While the circumstances surrounding the firing of Sherrod and the bashing of Coleman-Adebayo differ, these two classic cases of workplace abuse over racial issues share similarities that give the lie to the "convention wisdom' of conservatives regarding workplace discrimination complaints.
First of all, both Coleman-Adebayo and Sherrod sued federal agencies over charges of employment discrimination and won"Sherrod as part of a class-action lawsuit by black employees against the USDA, and Coleman-Adebayo as an individual against the EPA.
Courtroom success in employment discrimination lawsuits is rare, contrary to the vapid contention of FOX News talking-heads and Tea Party-types, who regularly make the false claim that so-called "activist judges" and/or "liberal-dominated" juries routinely dump bundles of dollars into the bank accounts of minorities who make allegedly trumped-up claims of workplace racism...