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Another Former HSEMA Employee Accuses Chris Rodriguez of Age and Race Discrimination

A new discrimination suit against the HSEMA director echoes a previous complaint about his alleged treatment of older Black employees.

A new lawsuit is resurfacing allegations of workplace discrimination against the director of D.C.’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, Chris Rodriguez.

The civil lawsuit, filed Dec. 15 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleges former HSEMA employee Patrice White was abruptly fired in April of 2021 due to low performance review ratings that the suit says were “not justified based on her performance or accomplishments.” 
The complaint claims that White’s termination amounts to discrimination based on her age and race.
White says in the complaint that in February 2021, she met with HSEMA’s general counsel, who notified her of a poor performance rating and that the agency would seek to fire her. The complaint says HSEMA’s general counsel “repeatedly referred to Ms. White’s age, including asking about her birthday and when she would turn 62,” during the meeting.

White alleges that her termination was part of a trend under Rodriguez of showing preference for young, White workers at the expense of older, Black employees.

“Director Rodriguez made comments about wanting to fire older Black women, including Ms. White, and how he thought older Black women were not worth the amount he paid them, while not making the same comments about younger and/or Caucasian employees,” the lawsuit says.

Black Emergency Managers Association International
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