Today we honor Jennifer Marshall, a member of 17 years who serves as President of Local 2145. Ms. Marshall has fought tirelessly to gain fair awards for African-American workers at the VA Medical Center in Richmond, VA.
According to her nominator:
Jennifer Marshall, the President of Local 2145, started gathering information about awards received by African Americans at the VA Medical Center in Richmond, VA in 1999. She has been steadfast in her commitment to ensure justice in award amounts for 2,200 employees. The class action suffered many set-backs, however Jennifer maintained her persistence and diligently pursued all avenues to make certain that the Class Action effecting over 2,000 African American workers, was certified and class members were compensated for the discrimination that had been suffered by the African Americans at the VA Medical Center in Richmond, VA.
On October 5, 2005, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission certified the class of all African American employees, past and present, who have worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs McGuire facility in Richmond, Virginia at any time from 1996 to the present and have been discriminated against with respect to the Agency’s policies and practices in the selection of and distribution of monetary and non-monetary awards, including but not limited to special contribution awards, on-the-spot and time-off awards, quality step increases, gain-sharing., awards, honor awards, and other monetary and non-monetary awards.
The Settlement Agreement also provides for monetary relief for Class Members. The total amount of monetary relief provided under the agreement is $5 million.
Under the Settlement Agreement, McGuire VA Medical Center employees who believe they should be recognized for high quality accomplishments or contributions may nominate themselves for awards for which they qualify.
For nearly a decade, a class consisting of approximately 2,000 African-American employees of the Hunter Holmes McGuire Richmond VA Medical Center has pursued a class action discrimination claim before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The African Americans at the Richmond Virginia VA have benefited from Jennifer Marshall’s persistence and commitment to the Class Action. Checks will be mailed out, beginning February 1, 2011 to the Class members.
AFGE commends Jennifer Marshall for her hard work and dedication to such a worthy cause.