NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A second deputy clerk for the Newport News Circuit Court has come forward with claims of discrimination. He told 10 On Your Side he has been on the job for more than a decade, but has never received a raise.
10 On Your Side has been following these claims since May, when Nicole Allmondjoy filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She claims she was passed over for a job based on the color of her skin. On Monday, her co-worker spoke to 10 On Your Side about his similar claim.
“It’s gone on for too long now,” said Newport News Deputy Clerk I Barry Harmon.
There are 23 employees at the Newport News Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. Harmon has worked there for 13 years and has kept the same title the entire time.
“At times, it’s been frustrating,” he said. “You want a promotion and you don’t. You want to increase in salary and you don’t. It’s no real reason why, but you stay and you stick it out.”
Harmon says over the years he’s asked his superiors to be promoted from his position as Deputy Clerk I, but it never happened. He said he doesn’t have a reason, but believes the color of his skin could be a factor.
“It saddens me to think about that, but I think it plays a good part of it,” Harmon said.
Earlier this month, Allmondjoy told 10 On Your Side a white female was hired after her and then promoted. Harmon echoes that claim.
“Recently, you have a new hire. She comes in and she gets promoted two times within six months,” Harmon said.
Harmon, like Allmondjoy, has filed a formal complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, hoping it will lead to change.
“By now I should have been a Deputy Clerk II, years ago … without question,” Harmon said.
Interim Clerk Gary Anderson has refused to answer any of WAVY’s questions related to these claims. Only two of the four circuit court judges responded, both said they had “no comment.”