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Racial Bias in the Army

A black veteran, age 54, has sued the United States Army in a Texarkana federal court, alleging racial and age discrimination that he suffered while he worked as an employee of the Millwood Tri-Lakes Project.

The veteran, Glen Ivory, states that he was given the least desirable duties while he was a seasonal maintenance worker during the summers of 2015 and 2016, was ostracized by his supervisor, and was passed over for a permanent position that was ultimately given to a younger, white, non-veteran employee.

Millwood is an agency of the Army under the Corps of Engineers.  Mr. Ivory had to perform tasks such as weed eating the levy side of the dam, removing deer carcasses from the roadway, replacing toilet seats, removing urinals from bathhouses, and picking up trash on the highway.  He states that white employees were not required to perform any of these duties and were allowed to take longer lunch breaks than he was.

Mr. Ivory claims that his supervisor made him ask for hearing protection and gloves, excluded him from group discussions, humiliated him in front of other employees, and refused to allow Mr. Ivory to attend equipment training sessions that white employees with less tenure than him were allowed to attend.  Ultimately, Mr. Ivory was not hired for a permanent position, and the job was instead given to a 24-year-old white male.

Mr. Ivory is seeking compensatory damages, damages for loss of reputation, court costs, attorney fees, and damages to compensate him for lost wages and benefits.