Employee Punished After Criticizing White Male Reeducation Seminar Could Sue Nuclear Weapons Lab

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'"Last year, Sandia National Laboratories—which designs America’s nuclear weapons—hosted a" segregated "3-day reeducation camp for 'white males,' with the goal of exposing their 'white privilege' and deconstructing 'white male culture.'" So reports the Manhattan Institute's Christopher Rufo. "Last year, the national laboratory sent its white male executives to the La Posada luxury resort to undergo a mandatory training called 'White Men’s Caucus on Eliminating Racism, Sexism, and Homophobia in Organizations.'"

In the opening session, trainers demanded that the men make a list of associations about white male culture. The trainers wrote “white supremacists,” “KKK,” “Aryan Nation,” “mass killings," “MAGA hat,” and “privileged.” Afterwards, white male employees were told to expose the “roots of white male culture,” which consists of “rugged individualism,” “a can-do attitude,” “striving towards success,” and “hard work" — which sound great, but are actually “devastating” to women and people of color, according to the trainers, a company called "White Men as Full Diversity Partners."

In a later session, the white males were forced to recite publicly a series of “white privilege statements” and “male privilege statements.” They had to accept their alleged complicity in creating oppression of women and people of color. At the end of the training, the white males had to "write letters 'directed to white women, people of color, and other groups'" in which they "apologize for their 'privilege.'"
Peterson could reasonably have thought that Sandia's anti-white training was racial harassment that created a hostile environment in violation of federal civil-rights laws. Forcing an employee to confess his complicity in oppression of women and people of color, just because of his race and sex, is extremely racist and sexist.

Courts have ruled that "baseless accusations of racism" made against employees because of their race are racial harassment that contributes to a racially hostile work environment in violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. (See Underwood v. Northport Health Services (1989)).

Courts have also ruled that anti-male diversity training seminars can be sexual harassment. (See Hartman v. Pena (1995))'

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