Dr. Gayle Gear has announced that she is running in the Republican Primary for the Alabama State Senate Seat from District 17. The seat of outgoing State Senator Scott Beason, District 17 covers much of Northwest Jefferson County as well as Southern Blount County and portions of St. Clair County. Dr. Gear is running for the seat on a platform of bringing more jobs to Alabama through public/private partnerships and reviving the public's trust in their elected officials.
In his spot-on opinion piece, Archibald highlights some of the injustices brought about by Privatized Probation:
Alabama man was charged with harassment in 2009, but the charges were dropped
when his accuser went to prison. He was still ordered to pay $166 in court
costs in Childersburg, and when he couldn't pay was sent to a private probation
company. The fees grew, and Deunate T. Jews was jailed for 30 days in 2010 for
failure to pay. He paid $500 the next year, but it was no good. He was tossed
On September 10, 2013 Dr. Gear gave a speech to the Alabama Chief Probate Clerk's Conference on the basics of Labor Law.
In the speech, Dr. Gear advised the clerks that the best way to avoid expensive litigation is to follow the Golden Rule. "Despite
shifts in the law, we can take comfort in this stable reality: there are fundamental
principles that effective employers follow when addressing workplace issues. These
fundamentals are easy to understand and are the foundation of all labor laws.
Charles Yates, who recently filed a complaint with the EEOC about the discriminatory treatment he suffered while working at City Hall, has been honored as part of the Maintenance Department of the Birmingham Museum of Art. The Maintenance Department was recognized as the department of the year. For more information, visit the museum's website here.
The Birmingham News' Joseph Bryant wrote a piece about the second charge of discrimination made by a Caucasian employee against the City of Birmingham. In the article, Bryant details the charges laid out by Charles Yates in his EEOC filing (available here). The article also features quotes from Yate's attorney.
Despite the recent flurry of ceremonies and construction of monuments in celebration of 50 years of progress, Birmingham City stands accused of racial discrimination in a federal lawsuit filed by Virginia Spidle on January 11, 2013. Spidle, the City’s Chief Accountant, a 24 year City employee was wrongfully terminated twice by the City, once in 2010 and the second time weeks after the Jefferson County Personnel Board ordered her reinstatement in 2012. The City has since invited her back to work. She is now assigned to the City’s Public Work Department.
Among the latest initiatives to celebrate the fifty years of progress in civil rights, the City Council under the leadership of Council member Jonathan Austin proposed an anti-discrimination ordinance. Both the proclamation and the proposed ordinance have been submitted to the Mayor’s office and the City Law Department. The newly proposed ordinance would call for a city-wide human rights commission to address discrimination in employment, housing, and accommodation.