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Hempstead PD Detective Alleges Failure to Promote

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New York Civil Rights Lawyer Eric Sanders, Esq., of The Sanders Firm, P.C., alleges in a federal Charge of Discrimination that Hempstead Police Detective Steven R. Wilson, Jr., claims the Incorporated Village of Hempstead failed to promote him to sergeant in a no so-veiled attempt to keep the management structure more than 60 percent Caucasian

New York, NY, February 12, 2018 – According to the charge, Hempstead Police Detective Steven R. Wilson, Jr., claims that nearly 60 percent of the Incorporated Village of Hempstead Police Department supervisory positions meaning sergeants, lieutenants and chiefs are held by Caucasians, which is inconsistent with the residential population. Wilson claims, that the Chief of Police is the highest appointed position of the Incorporated Village of Hempstead Police Department that historically has only been held by one African-American person in the 143-year history of the department. Historically, the Incorporated Village of Hempstead intentionally uses race as an impermissible factor in the promotion process to the position of sergeant, lieutenant and chief of police to the detriment of African-American employees, according to the charge.

According to the charge, Wilson claims in or around June 1, 2013 he took Promotion to Sergeant, The Incorporated Village of Hempstead Police Department Examination No.: 72-534C.

On or about November 14, 2013, the Incorporated Village of Hempstead established an eligible candidates list where his cumulative score resulted in him being placed number 10 on the list.

Wilson claims, while the Promotion to Sergeant, The Incorporated Village of Hempstead Police Department Examination No.: 72-534C eligible candidates list was still active in or around June 18, 2016, the Incorporated Village of Hempstead administered Promotion to Sergeant, The Incorporated Village of Hempstead Police Department Examination No.: 70-631D which he took as well. According to the charge, the Incorporated Village of Hempstead was fully aware of the racial makeup of eligible candidates on Promotion to Sergeant, The Incorporated Village of Hempstead Police Department Examination No.: 72-534C and Promotion to Sergeant, The Incorporated Village of Hempstead Police Department Examination No.: 70-631D. Wilson claims, that the Incorporated Village of Hempstead based upon its knowledge of the racial makeup of Promotion to Sergeant, The Incorporated Village of Hempstead Police Department Examination No.: 72-534C eligible candidate list intentionally failed to promote he and other African-American employees to the position of sergeant. According to the charge, Wilson claims that it is important to note the next seven out of eight eligible candidates are African-American that would impact the management structure for the next 20 to 30 years. More importantly, the management structure would see a dramatic shift more diverse and consistent with the residential population of the Incorporated Village of Hempstead. Wilson claims, the Incorporated Village of Hempstead based upon its knowledge of the racial makeup of Promotion to Sergeant, The Incorporated Village of Hempstead Police Department Examination No.: 70-631D eligible candidate’s list intentionally allowed Promotion to Sergeant, The Incorporated Village of Hempstead Police Department Examination No.: 72-534C eligible candidate’s list to expire thereby failing to promote he and other African-American employees to the position of sergeant. According to the charge, the Promotion to Sergeant, The Incorporated Village of Hempstead Police Department Examination No.: 70-631D list the next seven out of eight eligible candidates are Caucasian that would impact the management structure for the next 20 to 30 years.

Wilson claims, that Chief Michael McGowan acting as an agent for the Incorporated Village of Hempstead, in a blatant attempt to intentionally interfere with he and other African-American employees right to be promoted from Promotion to Sergeant, The Incorporated Village of Hempstead Police Department Examination No.: 72-534C eligible candidates list he met with PBA President Christopher Giardino to discuss methods to ensure the management structure remained consistently 60 percent or more Caucasian. According to the charge, that Chief McGowan and PBA President Giardino knew they could accomplish this by ensuring the Incorporated Village of Hempstead allow Promotion to Sergeant, The Incorporated Village of Hempstead Police Department Examination No.: 72-534C eligible candidates list to expire; therefore, guaranteeing the next seven out of eight candidates from the Promotion to Sergeant, The Incorporated Village of Hempstead Police Department Examination No.: 70-631D eligible candidate’s list would be Caucasian.

Wilson claims, although the Incorporated Village of Hempstead had a shortage and allocated monies for promotions Chief McGowan acting as an agent thereof intentionally did not promote him and other African-American eligible candidates from the Promotion to Sergeant, The Incorporated Village of Hempstead Police Department Examination No.: 72-534C list. According to the charge, the Incorporated Village of Hempstead; Wayne J. Hall, Sr.; Don Ryan; Perry Pettus; Charles Renfroe; Gladys Rodriguez; and LaMont Johnson supported Chief McGowan’s racially motivated actions.

On or about August 29, 2017, after allegations were made in the public venue about the lack of diversity in the management structure of the Incorporated Village of Hempstead Police Department, Mayor Don Ryan met with the NAACP. Wilson claims, during that meeting, in a not so-veiled attempt to justify its illegal actions the Incorporated Village of Hempstead through Mayor Ryan presented a “Sergeants Promotion Timeline Summary 2010 to Present” to the NAACP which indicated there were five promotions requested between September 2016 and November 2016 with only two being filled.

Wilson claims, on or about October 17, 2017, he requested the Incorporated Village of Hempstead; Don Ryan’ Perry Pettusl Charles Renfroe; Gladys Rodriguez; LaMont Johnson and Michael McGowan establish a special list consistent with civil service law while he litigate his failure to promote claims but, it was ignored.

According to the charge, on or about November 13, 2017, the Promotion to Sergeant, The Incorporated Village of Hempstead Police Department Examination No.: 72-534C list expired.

“Unfortunately, the Village has been down this road in the past with the Sherry Hines and former client Assistant Chief Willie R. Dixon cases. In those cases, both Ms. Hines and Assistant Chief Dixon were compensated. It is time the Village Police Department voluntarily embrace diversity or have it forced upon it,” says Eric Sanders.

Eric Sanders, Esq., of The Sanders Firm, P.C., filed a Charge of Discrimination with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Notice of Claim with the Incorporated Village of Hempstead on February 12, 2018.

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