Delaware Labor Secretary Retires Amidst Charges of Racism in Agency

Jan 13, 2016

Delaware Labor Secretary John McMahon

Delaware Labor Secretary John McMahon is stepping down amidst allegations of workplace racism in his agency.

He announced yesterday that he will be retiring at the age of 73.

The issue of racism in Delaware state government has gotten the attention of Governor Jack Markell who recently received a report by African American leaders that found state employees complaining of a racially hostile environment.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Markell is expected to name a replacement in the coming days and he praised him for his work during the Great Recession.

The paper reports that workplace tensions at the agency are high with a series of News Journal stories on efforts by the African American coalition that found widespread racism at the agency.

One of the findings it said was that the agency’s Office of Anti-discrimination does not thoroughly investigate workplace complaints.

McMahon said the coalition never gave his agency information about specific cases of discrimination.