City of Compton and Mayor Aja Brown named in new lawsuit
A mother of 3 and holder of 3 degrees, from UCLA, has sued the city of Compton, the mayor, her husband and their nonprofit Urban Vision Community Development Corp., for non payment of wages.
Deanna Jordan graduated from UCLA in June 2014 with two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree in African-American studies. Her story was covered in the media as an example of a young woman beating the odds and accomplishing goals some said she could never attain.
According to the complaint, Jordan met Brown in October 2013 and the two agreed she would serve an externship for the mayor beginning that month through September 2014. The arrangement called for UCLA to pay Jordan $10 an hour for the first 10 hours of each week she worked and for the city to compensate her for any additional time, the suit states.
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“Mayor Brown stated that plaintiff never worked for her and that she was a volunteer,” the suit alleges.
Brown also told her chief of staff to make copies of Jordan’s personal information and hand them to Compton officials and community members, according to the complaint.
2 Urban Girls recalls when Ms. Jordan appeared at a city council meeting with her claims, that also included the organization, Compton Empowered Leadership Experience Program, not existing. Ms. Jordan was able to move forward with her lawsuit after receiving a favorable ruling, from the employment commission, earlier this year.
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