Workers allege discrimination against non-African Americans in Jersey City Recreation Department

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Two employees of the Jersey City Recreation Department spoke out against what they claimed was discrimination against non-African Americans under Director Ryan Strother.

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At a regular meeting of the Jersey City Council, two employees of the Jersey City Recreation Department – Andrew Andrade and David Cosme – both spoke out against what they claimed was discrimination and a hostile work environment under director Ryan Strother, who was appointed by Mayor Steven Fulop.

Andrade alleged that non-African Americans and those not associated with Muhammed Akil – the former Chief of Staff to Fulop who resigned in disgrace after racially charged speeches of his became public – were being discriminated against.

Cosme, who was in municipal court last week because of a conflict with fellow recreation department employee Gary Nye, detailed the situation and hostile work environment within the department to the city council.

Following their speeches, Jersey City Corporation Counsel Jeremy Farrell and Ward F Councilwoman Diane Coleman urged the council not to address the issue because it was a human resources matter.

CORRECTION: The article previously stated it was a “human relations matter” when it should have said “human resources matter.” 

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