Cambridge, Mass. - Labor activists, Harvard University employees, and friends and family rallied today in Cambridge to protest the laying off of three University Financial Services workers, citing apparent discrimination.
The emergency rally was held with just a day of notice, after Darlene Tate, a Harvard staffer with more than 25 years of experience in accounts payable, was informed Thursday she was being laid off shortly after returning from disability leave.
Tate is the third employee in the department to be laid off in the past six months. All three are people of color, over 40, and two have history with disabilities, according to the statement released by Geoff Carens, a library assistant at Harvard's Lamont Library and union representative with Harvard Union Clerical and Technical Workers/AFSCME Local 3650. Activists are calling for the immediate reinstatement of Tate and the other two employees involved, noting that all Caucasian employees in their unit are keeping their jobs.
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