Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Legislation Heart, was fired this week. Photograph by Mark Wilson/Getty Photographs
The Southern Poverty Legislation Heart has fired its co-founder and head litigator, the civil rights group stated Thursday.
The group terminated the employment of Morris Dees on Wednesday, it stated, however didn’t present particular causes for the firing.
“As a civil rights organization, the SPLC is committed to ensuring that the conduct of our staff reflects the mission of the organization and the values we hope to instill in the world,” Richard Cohen, the group’s president, stated in an announcement. “When one of our own fails to meet those standards, no matter his or her role in the organization, we take it seriously and must take appropriate action.”
Dees co-founded the group in 1971. A spokesperson tells U.S. Information that the group can not remark additional on the main points of “individual personnel decisions.”
The Montgomery Advertiser, which first reported Dees’ termination, ran a sequence in 1994 that alleged discriminatory therapy of black staff inside the group and reported that staffers on the time accused Morris of racist conduct. The group denied the claims.
Cohen stated Thursday that the middle will usher in an outdoor group to evaluate its office climates and ensure it’s “one in which all voices are heard and all staff members are respected.”
“The SPLC is deeply committed to having a workplace that reflects the values it espouses – truth, justice, equity and inclusion, and we believe the steps we have taken today reaffirm that commitment,” Cohen stated.
By Thursday afternoon, the group had taken down Dees’ employees bio on its web site.
The group, which is well-known for labeling and monitoring hate teams within the nation, has generally drawn fireplace for the best way it has labeled sure teams.