HARAHAN, La. – An attorney from the U.S. Justice Department is investigating Harahan and 23 other jurisdictions to make sure discrimination is not present in their hiring practices.
On Friday, senior trial attorney Rachel Hranitzky was at Harahan City Hall to follow up on a 1977 discrimination lawsuit and 1980 consent decree filed in the jurisdiction.
The issues stem from discriminatory practices seen in the hiring and promoting of African-Americans and women.
Hranitzky made it clear that the department was not targeting Harahan but was following up on the consent decree.
"The best thing for the federal government is to get the heck out of here," a citizen, present at the Harahan City Hall meeting, said to Hranitzky.
Approximately 20 citizens showed up at meeting, including seven women and one African-American. No one reported experiencing discriminatory practices.
Out of the 21 Louisiana jurisdictions that have been reviewed, several still have discrimination, Hranitzky said.