A federal commission has found evidence that New York City's Department of Parks and Recreation discriminated against its employees on the basis of race and nationality, the New York Times reported Monday. A group of 20 black and Hispanic parks employees filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying the department overlooked them for promotions, gave raises to less-qualified whites and retaliated against them when they spoke out.
A commission investigation found the lines of authority at the department were "almost completely segregated by race and color" and that whites were promoted at significantly higher rates than other workers.
The commission also concluded that the Parks Department retaliated against three people who complained of discrimination, forcing one to retire and unfairly giving the other two poor evaluations.
Parks Commissioner Henry Stern called the report unfounded and said the commission had ignored evidence provided by his department.