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Minority Hiring Practices Being Questioned

If changes aren't made, the group may call for a boycott. Conference center managers say they are surprised by the controversy because they say they follow all state and national guidelines when hiring new employees.

The People's Tribunal, a civil rights group, says there are not enough minority full time employees at the Valdosta-Lowndes County Conference Center.

"We believe if 30 percent of cliental if the Conference Center is black, then at least 30 percent of employees should be black, across the board," says Rev. Floyd Rose, President of the People's Tribunal.

Floyd addressed members of the conference center's board of directors on Tuesday, demanding changes must be made, but board members said no changes should be made, because the conference center follows all state and federal laws every time a new employee is hired.

"Our hiring policies have been reviewed and given the stamp of approval by the Carl Vincent Institute at the University of Georgia. We've never had a guest come up and say we just don't see a lot of people of color," Marty Brown, Conference Center Director.

Because the conference center is sticking to its hiring procedures, activists say they will take action to put pressure on the conference center until there is a change.

"We will continue the fair and level playing field hiring practices that have been in place, that we have operated under in the past," says Marty Brown.

Members of the People's Tribunal say they want to see changes, but they are not calling for current employees to be fired so minorities can take their place. They just want procedures changed so more minorities are hired in the future.

It looks unlikely at this time that they changes being requested will occur. Conference center managers say they have been reviewed by a group at the University of Georgia, and all their policies hold up under current law.


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