Lawsuit filed against City of Seattle for hostile workplace caused by pervasive “racial equity training”
November 16, 2022
Seattle, WA; November 16, 2022: Today, Joshua Diemert, a former City of Seattle employee, filed a federal lawsuit against the City and Mayor Bruce Harrell for subjecting him to a racially hostile work environment.
Passionate and devoted to his job, Diemert was hired by the city’s Human Services Department (HSD) in 2013. Despite being recognized for excellent work, he could not overcome the city’s overt discrimination against him through its Race and Social Justice Initiative.
Diemert endured years of harassment and racial discrimination in the workplace. Some incidents officially sanctioned by the city were so severe that they created a racially hostile working environment. For example:
“Instead of supporting its employees and providing them with opportunities, the City of Seattle is encouraging racial discrimination and harassment through its Race and Social Justice Initiative,” said Laura D’Agostino, an attorney at Pacific Legal Foundation. “Seattle employees should be treated as individuals with dignity and evaluated by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.”
Represented at no charge by Pacific Legal Foundation, Diemert is suing to vindicate his right to workplace equality and to protect everyone’s right to be judged by the content of their character and work product.
The case is Joshua Diemert v. City of Seattle, filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.
Pacific Legal Foundation is a national nonprofit legal organization that defends Americans threatened by government overreach and abuse. Since our founding in 1973, we challenge the government when it violates individual liberty and constitutional rights. With active cases in 34 states plus Washington, D.C., PLF represents clients in state and federal courts, with 17 wins of 19 cases litigated at the U.S. Supreme Court.