California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been named along with Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles and others in a lawsuit filed by a former clinic employee who claims the abortion provider created an environment of racial and sexual harassment.
Andrew Jones, an African-American who formerly served as project manager of the Community Services/Education Department of the L.A. Planned Parenthood branch, or PPLA, seeks recovery for unlawful termination, racial and sexual harassment, and a failure to pay overtime.
Among his allegations is that PPLA did nothing when one of its employees was referred to as a “nigger.”
Additionally, the suit, filed under penalty of perjury, alleges PPLA portrayed African-American males as irresponsible and male employees were regularly referred to as “d–kheads” and other offensive terms by the white, female management.
“There was a sense that any employee who was not a white female was going to be carefully watched. … [T]here was a strong anti-male bias at PPLA,” says one affidavit.
Another refers to “a significant anti-male bias.”
As WorldNetDaily reported in August, several black and Hispanic male employees of PPLA filed multiple complaints of racism against the organization with California’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Fair Employment & Housing Administration, charging they were the subject of constant slurs in a hostile, anti-male environment controlled by white women.
The lawsuit seeks a court order requiring Schwarzenegger, the state treasurer and the director of California’s Health & Human Services Agency to immediately stop funding PPLA due to its racist practices and because of its failure to disclose serious failures in its accounting systems.
Jones alleges he was fired after questioning PPLA’s financial practices, noting he was given a stellar employee review just days before his termination.
The complaint cites a 2003 single audit finding by a certified public accounting firm that PPLA “did not comply with requirements regarding reporting that are applicable to its Family Planning Services program.”
Jones’ legal advocates argue that under California law, PPLA must refrain from discrimination in order to qualify for taxpayer-funded programs.
Jones’ lead attorney, Richard D. Ackerman of the the Pro-Family Law Center, says California should not be funding PPLA, especially at a time when it is considering cutting funding to schools and emergency health care facilities.
“There are other agencies that can offer the same services as PPLA without misrepresenting their financial condition and without engaging in racism and sexism,” Ackerman said.
The suit also alleges PPLA concocted a scheme to place an abortion facility in South Los Angeles without being honest about its purpose.
The complaint claims Jones and others were instructed to market the facility to the African-American community as being a non-abortion facility.
“It appears that PPLA was aware of the fact that African Americans do not want their unborn children eliminated by abortion, and PPLA knew that it could not get community support if they came into town promoting the disintegration of future generations of African-American children,” said a press statement by Ackerman.
“This is the beginning of a new era of accountability for California’s special interests,” he said. “Unscrupulous organizations cannot come to the trough expecting to be fed if they are not willing to abide by the same laws that govern legitimately needy organizations.”
Ackerman argues that PPLA, unlike California schools, teachers, hospitals, and state clinics, is supported by generous financial contributions from Hollywood celebrities, wealthy corporations, and huge estates.
“I sincerely hope that Angelides and Schwarzenegger will protect the public in these dire financial times. This is no time for political agendas to get in the way of protecting taxpayers from waste.”