Juanita Winkey Kennedy

Juanita Winkey Kennedy is an unceasing civil rights activist who believes that people should be treated fairly. The staunch human rights defender has an employment lawsuit against her former employer, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In May 2014, Ms. Kennedy filed a formal complaint with the USDA and later made a timely request for a hearing before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Unfortunately, the EEOC denied Ms. Kennedy's timely hearing request and mishandled her complaint by sending it back to USDA, the defendant named in her complaint. After USDA decided it had not discriminated against Kennedy, she filed suit in 2016. In 2022, Ms. Kennedy's discrimination and hostile workplace case (Kennedy v Vilsack Case 1:16-cv-02176) languishes in the U.S. District Court For The District of Columbia. Ms. Kennedy holds an associate's degree from the College of Southern Maryland in Human Development and studied Criminal Justice at the University of the District of Columbia. The former USDA employee, who once served as a Management Analyst, is an active Coalition For Change, Inc. (C4C) member. She shares her testimonial to help civil servants who seek equality in the federal workplace. Her professional objective is to "be the very best at what I do . . . helping others! Juanita believes, "you either stand for something or fall for anything. Racism impacts almost every aspect of our society and poisons us where we stand as a people. If racism is not addressed and eradicated, it will diminish our democracy and destroy our freedom as a people."
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