Immediately STOP Unjust Discrimination in Placer County by Suspending Jeff Wilson
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Re: Bjork v. Placer County District Attorney’s Office
US District Court for the Eastern District of California
Open Letter to the Placer County Board of Supervisors:
We the undersigned citizens and voters of Placer County, request that this Board place Jeff Wilson, Assistant District Attorney, on leave of absence without pay pending the outcome of alleged illegal misconduct in the above referenced lawsuit.
Court documents filed in 2014 allege that Mr. Wilson and District Attorney Scott Owens systematically engaged in discriminatory employment practices—routinely promoting less-experienced male staff over highly qualified females to occupy management positions, and retaliating with demotion and termination when threatened with exposure.
According to its website, “Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment and retaliation is prohibited and that all employees and applicants shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All recruitment, hiring, transfer and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, physical disability (Including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local laws or ordinance.”
Yet, these court documents indicate that normal procedures meant to preempt discrimination and retaliation were flouted by Wilson, and that tracks were covered in the aftermath of the suit to undermine the credibility of the witness and the veracity of the charges filed.
While the case in question has not yet been settled in court, we believe the County Board of Supervisors has a moral obligation to take every measure necessary to ensure that its governing offices—especially where that office is charged with investigating and prosecuting crimes—remain adherent to the law. The Board is thus responsible to conduct its own investigation and, in the interest of justice, ought to suspend Wilson while that investigation takes place.
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