Update on Spidle’s Federal Court Litigation: Progress stalled in Civil Rights Movement.
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. Witnesses of both races, who testified on Spidle’s behalf, have expressed fear of retaliation because of their involvement. Federal law strictly prohibits retaliation against witnesses who participate in any action addressing violations of anti-discrimination laws. The law clearly protects all, without regard to skin color.
On July 10, 2013, a sixteen-year employee of Birmingham availed himself of the legal protections afforded by the anti-retaliation provisions of established federal law. In an EEOC filing, Charles Yates reported retaliation because Spidle’s suit revealed the mistreatment he endured during the same time period. The claim that was filed on this date is embedded below.