Energy Dept. discriminates against white employees The U.S. Department of Energy has OVER hired blacks by 68%, Native Americans by 180%, and Asian Pacific Islanders by 41%.  DOE paid bonuses of $10,000 to $20,000 for NOT hiring whites! Equal treatment without regard to race!

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Argonne Lab (Dept. of Energy) Sued for Reverse Discrimination (updated 07-22-02)
          The Argonne National Laboratory is staffed by 400 Department of Energy employees and is located near Chicago, Illinois. It is a nuclear research facility.

          DOE employee John Kasprowicz and six other workers at Argonne National Laboratory have filed a reverse discrimination lawsuit in federal court against Argonne and the Department of Energy. According to the Sun-Times, they are suing for back pay, job promotions and $300,000 each for damages. The case may go to trial later this year (2002).

QUOTE: "[DOE's] problem, according to a federal lawsuit filed by Kasprowicz and six others, was that they were white men, and that supervisors, eager to promote minorities, froze them out in an effort to make them go away."
-- Chicago Sun-Times
See also DOE Minority Statistics, below.

The lawsuit against DOE charges the following:

  • Managers at Argonne received annual "super bonuses" of $10,000 to $20,000 (on top of their $120,000 salaries) for hiring and promoting women and minorities over white males. Argonne calls this "meeting or exceeding diversity goals".
  • 26 of 29 promotions at Argonne went to minorities and women -- and only 3 went to white males -- between 1989 and 1993.  (Government attorneys who have been fighting the suit for the past 5 years said that at least 1 of the 26 minorities was more qualified than the whites who were passed over!)
  • In order to make room for meeting federal hiring quotas for minorities, dozens of highly qualified white male engineers, scientists and other career employees were transferred to a "white male dinosaur" office with the euphemistic official title "Safety and Technical Services Division (STS)".   There they received few or even no work assignments for years on end. Argonne’s hope was that the "dinosaurs" would quit or retire. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, one manager even made it a habit to stop by the "dinosaur" office periodically to say "'When are you going to retire, old fellow?' or, 'What are you still doing around here?' "
  • When the affected white male workers complained of this treatment, they were retaliated against. Argonne management forced 35 other employees to sign a petition in which they were required to indicate their support of Argonne’s discriminatory actions against the "white male dinosaurs".

ARGONNE NEWS:  As Reported by the Washington Times on Monday July 22, 2002 Top
TOP: DOE Reverse Discrimination

TITLE:  Lawsuit cites 'superbonuses' for minority hiring as racist

          "A Hispanic supervisor hired mostly Hispanic women to meet Department of Energy diversity goals and discriminated against whites, a civil rights lawsuit claims.

          "While project manager Anibal Taboas was staffing Chicago's Argonne National Lab with minorities, the lawsuit claims, a group of 44 employees — mostly white men — were sent to a new division created in 1995, where they were given minimal work and no training for the rest of their careers."

          According to the Times, the official title of the new "dinosaur" division was the "Safety and Technical Services Division (STS)".

QUOTE:  Department of Energy spokesperson, Mr. Brian Quirke: "To my dismay, those $10,000 superbonuses [for meeting racial quotas] lasted only three years." -- as reported by the Washington Times
See also DOE Minority Statistics, below.

          The Times reports that "[plaintiff John Kasprowicz] said STS exists primarily to phase out non-minority employees. Once there, his workload "diminished to the point of nothing," and he took a part-time job selling shoes at a Chicago Marshall Field's store to relieve his boredom. STS employees believed they were targeted for elimination under reduction in force policies.

          "The department's nickname, even among supervisors, was 'the rif-ing pool,'" Mr. Kasprowicz said. "They made no secret they wanted us to retire."

          The Washington Times reports that the strategy has apparently been effective:  the STS (rif-ing pool) office started with 47 "dinosaurs" and so far 29 have quit or retired in frustration.   Today there are only 18 employees remaining in the STS office.

          The Times story continues:   "According to seven men who filed a federal lawsuit against former Energy Secretary Frederico F. Pena in Chicago, project manager Anibal Taboas and others received $10,000 "superbonuses" for hiring, training and promoting minorities. From 1989 to 1993, the suit claims, 26 out of 29 of Mr. Taboas' new hires were non-whites."

          One of the plaintiffs, Tom Balamut, as reported by the Washington Times, said that "Mr. Taboas is "a racist and a discriminator who received substantial bonuses."  The lawsuit also alleges that Mr. Taboas sexually harassed female staff and punished those women who complained.

          The Times also reports that plaintiff John Kasprowicz alleges that Mr. Taboas "gave [minorities] preferential training opportunities [after hiring them] so on paper they quickly became the most qualified candidates for promotion."

           The Times reports that plaintiff Kasprowicz had to send copies of his time sheets to the Department of Energy's inspector general showing he was being paid over $90,000 a year to do almost nothing besides checking his e-mail, at which point he was finally transferred in 2001 to a job assignment with some actual work.

           According to the lawsuit, which was originally filed in 1997, Kasprowicz, Balamut, and the other 5 plaintiffs are suing for back pay, promotions and $300,000 each in damages.  Their case is expected to go to trial by the end of 2002.

          The Washington Times reports that a Department of Energy spokesperson, Mr. Quirke, said that DOE's diversity goals "have never been quotas".  While the "diversity bonuses" have been reduced to only $2,000 to $3,000 today, Mr. Quirke said "We have goals to hire, train and promote minorities.   To my dismay, those $10,000 superbonuses lasted only three years." [Emphasis added.]

(Excerpted from the Sean Salai story titled "Lawsuit cites 'superbonuses' for minority hiring as racist" which appeared in the Washington Times on Monday July 22, 2002)

Last known link to the Washington Times story:
http://www.washtimes.com/national/20020722-83124410.htm


ARGONNE NEWS: As Reported by the Chicago Sun-Times on Sunday July 14, 2002 Top
TOP: DOE Reverse Discrimination

TITLE:  Ready to work, but nothing to do all day

          "John Kasprowicz went to his job as a geologist at Argonne National Laboratory every day for nearly two years and did nothing.

          "When he asked his bosses at the U.S. Department of Energy for something to do to justify his $95,000-plus paycheck, they told him something would come along.

          "But for 22 months, nothing did--that is, he says, until he sent copies of his time sheets showing he was doing nothing all day to the DOE inspector general's office in Washington, D.C.

          "When the inspectors started making inquiries, Kasprowicz, 46, was transferred to a different department, where he was given work.

          "Some of his colleagues weren't so lucky.

          According to the Sun-Times, Kasprowicz "was told by a boss that it was unlikely he'd be promoted because he did not meet diversity goals. This was despite outstanding performance ratings Kasprowicz had posted every year.

          "At the same time, the lawsuit claims, women and minorities with less experience were being promoted.

          "The situation decayed further, the lawsuit charges, when Kasprowicz and several colleagues filed complaints with their office's equal opportunity officer. Many of those who filed complaints, according to the suit, were retaliated against by being included in the transfer to the new division, where work was scarce.

          "The suit alleges that managers yelled at workers who complained, urged other workers to ostracize those who complained, and that 35 workers were pressured to sign a petition upholding management's actions.

QUOTE: "We are proud of the fact that we have been able to recruit, train and promote minorities and women in our organization." -- DOE spokesman Brian Quirke, as reported in the Sun-Times
See also DOE Minority Statistics, below.

          "At the same time, according to the suit, the manager of this "dead end" division, [Justin] Zamirowski, denied these employees training and travel opportunities and up-to-date equipment.

          "[One affected employee, Frederick Wysk], an officer of a national engineering society, was told he couldn't take time off to go to a professional meeting, even though the society was picking up the tab. "This was when I was sitting there doing nothing," Wysk said.

          "It's a Catch-22," Kasprowicz said. "They say you need training to get promoted, but then they don't give you a chance to get the training."

          "In 1995, Kasprowicz and about 44 other employees, mostly white men, were transferred to a newly formed division at Argonne, which he said turned out to be a bureaucratic limbo in which more than half of them weren't given any significant new work.   "They stick you in a place where you're going to waste away, and sooner or later you leave," Kasprowicz said. "This was the process they used to eliminate us."

(Excerpted from the Art Golab story titled "Ready to work, but nothing to do all day" which appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times on Sunday, July 14, 2002)

Last known link to the Chicago Sun-Times story:
http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-argonne14.html


Over / Under Representation of Minorities at Energy Dept.
Oct. 1, 1999 to Sept. 31, 2000
TOP:  Argonne Lawsuit 7-22-02
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  (A)
% in Relevant Civilian Labor Force (RCLF)
(affirmative action target)
(B)
% in Federal Workforce (FW)
(actual % employed by DOE)
(C)
Difference between target (col A) and actual (col B)
(D)
Rate of over
(under) hiring selected minority groups by DOE
Blacks 6.8% 11.4% +4.6% +67.6%
DOE hired 67.6% more blacks than their proportion in the civilian labor force
Hispanics 5.2% 5.3% +0.1% +1.9%
DOE hired 1.9% more Hispanics than their proportion in the civilian labor force
Asian Pacific Islanders 2.9% 4.1% +1.2% +41.4%
DOE hired 41.4% more Asian Pacific Islanders than their proportion in the civilian labor force
Native American 0.5% 1.4% +0.9% +180.0%
DOE hired 180% more Native Americans than their proportion in the civilian labor force
Women 44.7% 38.1% -6.6% --
  Note 1 Note 1 Note 2 Note 3
Note 1 -- Source: OPM "Annual Report to Congress; Federal Equal Opportunity Recruitment Program October 1, 1999 - September 30, 2000 [FY 2000].  Current link to full OPM report:  http://adversity.net/fed_stats/OPM/opmreport_1999-2000.pdf

Note 2 -- Computation:  Col (B) - Col (A) = Col (C)

Note 3 -- Computation:   [Col (C) / Col (A)] X 100 = Col (D)


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