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February 04, 2009



In 1983 my mother was fired from WMATA as a technician, because she was a practicing Pentecostal Christian and refused to wear pants. When she went to the EEOC, she was informed that she did not have a case. My mother went to the union for help and was hired back (after many months with no pay) in another position in which she did not have to wear pants. However, she had to take a $10,000 cut in pay and there were four of us children and she was a single parent. In the end, the pay cut meant she could not make the mortgage payments and the bank foreclosed on our house.

How is it 25 years later that the Department of Justice does not investigate the history of this discriminatory practice?

Thank you for your article. I phoned my mother and read it to her. At least she has been validated in this small way.

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