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"No Fear: A Whistleblower's Triumph over Corruption and Retaliation at the EPA "

Marsha Coleman-Adebayo


Presented by the Eastern/Southern African and Virginia Networks and Association and the University of Virginia Women's Center

Date:Monday, January 16, 2012
Location:Nau Hall Auditorium
Time: 4:00 p.m.

After facing racial and sexual discrimination at the EPA over her attempts to end abusive treatment of South African workers at vanadium mines owned by U.S. companies, Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo led an effort to clean up the regulatory agency.  Her campaign led to the first whistle-blower protection law being passed in this century – The No Fear Act.

Dr. Coleman-Adebayo was a Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of the Administrator at the US Environmental Protection Agency.  On August 18, 2000, Dr. Coleman-Adebayo won an historic lawsuit against the EPA on the basis of race, sex, color discrimination, and a hostile work environment. She subsequently testified before Congress on two occasions.

As a result, the Notification of Federal Employees Anti-discrimination and Retaliation Act [No FEAR] was introduced by Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee ( D-TX) and Senator John Warner (R- VA). Along with the No FEAR Coalition, she ushered the No FEAR Bill through Congress. President George W. Bush signed the No FEAR Act into law. Thousands of federal workers and their families have directly benefited from this law. Coleman-Adebayo is the founder of the No FEAR Institute (a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization). The No FEAR Institute is devoted to educating the American public about federal sector discrimination and the implementation of the No FEAR Act.