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Former HRC President Alphonso David Sues Over Discrimination

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to have advised then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office on its response to sexual harassment allegations.David, a Black civil rights lawyer, said in the suit that HRC had a “racist, biased culture.”In a tweet sharing the lawsuit, David wrote, “Today, I am filing a lawsuit for the millions of Black and Brown people who face discrimination every day but fear retaliation or lack the resources to challenge it.” In the suit, he claims that HRC board members told him he had been paid less at the beginning because he was Black, and that a board member urged him to stop mentioning his race in public comments — including removing the fact that David was HRC’s first Black president.Further, David alleges that one HRC executive told him that a focus on racial justice would put off some donors, including white gay men.

That same executive also complained about a Black employee who met with a Black-owned consulting firm without a white person there.

According to the suit, the executive said the firm might do worse work if they were working for other Black people.“HRC underpaid David, and then terminated him, because he is Black,” the complaint states.HRC was not immediately available for comment.

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