City of Birmingham

Birmingham Board Files Copy-Cat Affidavits Essentially Conceding That SInce 2004 They Have Not Adhered to The Board Salary Schedule

Read below the latest filing by two secretaries who claim that they were underpaid for years because of the actions of the Birmingham Board, Superintendent, and CFO.

Charles Yates Honored as Part of the BMA Department of the Year

Yates and Company

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 American Thinker Says Virginia Spidle's Firing is Indicative of the Collapse of Birmingham

John Bennett, writing in the American Thinker, said "[Virginia Spidle's] lawsuit seems to be one symptom of a larger problem. ... Birmingham is simply past the point where legal, structural, or policy changes will ameliorate cultural pathology."

Spidle Files Reverse Race Suit Against The City of Birmingham

LawSuit Style

January 11, 2013 - Virginia Spidle has filed a complaint against the City of Birmingham for reverse race discrimination. Mrs. Spidle, a 24-year employee of the City, was accused of racial discrimination and dismissed in 2010. Recently, she was awarded back pay and returned to work in a different position.

In her complaint, Spidle details how racial animus fueled an atmosphere of hostility toward all Caucasian employees of the City's finance department. Below is the full complaint filed with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.

Poor People Catch Hell: Single Mother of Two Fights to Stay Free of Debtor's Prison

This is the story of how a single mother was abused by for-profit justice and how a “probation loan” turned into an arrest warrant. In the following report, Chade reflects on the hardship imposed on her by Judicial Correction Services (JCS) and the Hoover Municipal Court. Read below the story of how the judicially sponsored profit venture padded their pockets with hundreds of dollars from a single mother of two. The following report unfolded in Valinda Chappell’s interview of Chade.

Poor People Catch Hell: Birmingham Caught in The Privatization Trap

The practice of granting probation to an offender is a highly regarded practice because it allows the court greater flexibility while affording offenders more time to pay fines, court courts and other fees assessed related to the infraction. What has recently come under scrutiny is the role of privatization in probationary services within the municipal courts in the State of Alabama.