Metro derailed by culture of complacence, incompetence, lack of diversity
Ninety-seven percent of the bus and train operators at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority are black, with only six white women out of more than 3,000 drivers, according to Metro documents - a lack of diversity at one of the region's largest employers that has led to an acknowledgment of failure in affirmative-action documents and spawned a series of lawsuits...
Click the link to read it in full, here are some poignant and eye opening excerpts:
"Of a dozen senior supervisors overseeing the rail division in 2007, 10 were black and two were white, and five black supervisors, all with less than a year of tenure in the position, were paid more than both whites, who had more seniority - one with 20 years - personnel records obtained by The Times show."
"Dozens said white workers, especially women, were openly subject to racist and sexist remarks without repercussion - behavior that drove many targets to seek transfers or leave the agency. All said they have been inexplicably passed over hundreds of times for promotions to positions such as station manager while others with less seniority passed them by.
"I was the only white woman in car maintenance out of 338, and they made my life miserable," Ms. Whorton said, adding that colleagues once electrified a track circuit on which she was working and laughed. "Nothing happened to them."
This is a spin-off for those who claimed, in THIS post, that the instances of white people being passed over in employment positions, because they are white, just doesn't happen. Clearly, it does.