By Guy Page
Vermont state employee and Anti-CRT activist Ben Morley is suing the State of Vermont for creating a hostile work environment by imposing “a race-based authoritarian dogma on him and other state employees,” according to a lawsuit scheduled to be filed today in Vermont Federal Court.
The suit alleges that Morley, a vocational rehabilitation counselor with the Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, “has been subject to adverse employment actions by his government employer because of his race and gender. He has been shamed, reprimanded, excluded from assignments and leadership positions, and threatened with termination, because he is a white male.”
Specifically, the suit claims Morley was subjected to mandatory Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) seminars which, in contrast to the virtuous-sounding name, “espoused racist principles, classifying persons by race into dominant (‘privileged’) and subservient (‘lack of privilege’) groups.”
Those actions violate the 14th amendment of the Constitution of the United States, which provides that all persons are created equal under the law, and therefore cannot be treated differently by the government because of their inherent traits, the suit alleges.
Also, the mandatory trainings were unconstitutional religious and political indoctrination imposed by the government defendants, the suit prepared by St. Johnsbury attorney Deb Bucknam alleges. Also, “DVR and the various government defendants are planning to institute an ‘equity audit,’ which will condition Morley’s and his colleagues’ employment on whether they ‘buy in’ to the State’s DEI religious and political credenda.”
Morley also claims he has suffered adverse employment reactions because he has publicly spoken out about the DEI trainings mandated by the State – “a topic of great public interest and concern,” the suit says.
Vermont Daily Chronicle has reported extensively on Morley’s experience with DEI as a government employee, and his subsequent activism as a critic of DEI in public schools. The following include some of the news and commentary:
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