|For the second time in recent months, a southern West Virginia community college is accused of racial discrimination.
New River Community and Technical College is named in job discrimination suit filed by Richard L. Bibbs in U.S. District Court. In his complaint filed Aug. 1, Bibbs, 53, alleges he was passed over for employment eight times in the course of a year all due to either his race and/or gender.
Bibbs's suit was filed just over a month after a former New River grant writer filed suit in Kanawha Circuit Court alleging she was fired early last year because of her race and gender.
In his suit, Bibbs, a resident of Glen Jean in Fayette County, applied for eight positions with New River between October 2009 and Sept. 27, 2010. Among them were financial aide counselor, administrative secretary, human resources representative and human resources assistant III.
According to his suit, Bibbs, who is black, applied for the financial aide position shortly after it was made public in December 2009. He was never contacted for an interview, and later learned the position was given to "a less qualified white female."
The next month, Bibbs says he applied for the human resources representative position. Again, he maintains he was not interviewed, and learned the position was give to "a less qualified white female."
Later on April 16, 2010, Bibbs filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. Five days later he received a letter informing him they opened an investigation.