Prof. Rossein on Racial Discrimination Complaint Filed by Cotton Gin Workers

June 9, 2014 | CUNY School of Law

Recently, Professor Rick Rossein shared his expertise on employment discrimination as  a guest on the  Arise America show. Two African-American employees of the Atkinson Cotton Warehouse in Memphis, Tennessee have filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission(EEOC) complaint against their employer. Antonio Harris and Mario Mangrum say that they were subjected to frequent racially disparaging comments by their supervisor.

Professor Rossein says that there are still too many cases of overt racism in the workplace and unfortunately the burden of proof falls on the victim of discrimination or harassment. He also encourages anyone experiencing any kind of discrimination in the workplace to note down every incident with the date and reach out to their local EEOC office.

Watch the interview

The interview with the complainants airs at 20:10, while the interview with Professor Rossein begins at 28:10.

Prof. Rossein teaches the Equality Concentration and courses on employment discrimination, employment law, and trial practice. His extensive background in civil rights and employment law includes work at the National Employment Law Project, Queens Legal Services, New York City Bureau of Labor Services, and New York City Commission on Human Rights. He drafted an affirmative action plan for the City of New York and was appointed by Mayor David N. Dinkins to a four-year term as Commissioner of the City of New York Equal Employment Practices Commission and by Governor Mario Cuomo to serve on his Task Force on Sexual Harassment. He was appointed the Independent EEO Compliance Consultant pursuant to the federal court Remedial Order in the case of U.S. v. City of New York, after the court found racial discrimination against the New York City Fire Department.