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Department of Natural Resources

Lansing, MI: (May-15-07) Lt. Linda Copeland-Morgan was one of four employees who filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the Department of Natural Resources agency's law enforcement division, alleging that they faced racism and a culture of oppression and fear in the department. The Detroit resident is a 27-year veteran of the department, as well as its highest-ranking black conservation officer. The state launched an investigation into the complaints filed by Copeland-Morgan, and looked into the treatment of the only black female conservation officer among 10 blacks in the DNR's Law Enforcement Division. The probe concluded that Lt. Linda Copeland-Morgan endured intimidation, exclusion and threatening behavior on the job, including racially offensive references made in her presence or about her. The suit filed by the four employees in 1991 claiming racial and sexual discrimination, reached settlement and they accepted a $240,000 payout. [SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE: DISCRIMINATION SETTLEMENT]


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Published on May-16-07


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