National Organization for Women President Toni Van Pelt resigned Sunday claiming health reasons even though there have been allegations of a toxic work environment and racist behavior by Van Pelt.
NOW’s Florida chapter President Kim Porteous was happy about the resignation but warned that sweeping problems under the rug was not going to make anything better.
“To hear that Toni is stepping down for health issues is offensive,” she said. “We cannot move forward with restorative justice by covering up racism or making excuses for people to leave.”
The allegations were not proven, but an investigation revealed that more than 15 allegations were made against Van Pelt.
NOW’s previous vice president, Gilda Yazzie, had filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the organization before her departure claiming among other things that Van Pelt said she only chose Yazzie because she was a Native American and she needed a woman of color to win.
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