In Black America Podcast: No Fear: A Whistleblower’s Triumph Over Corruption and Retaliation at the EPA – Part II
On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents part two of a three-part discussion with Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, author of No Fear: The Whistleblower’s Triumph Over Corruption and Retaliation at the EPA, is also the founder of the No Fear Institute. After facing racial and gender-based discrimination during her tenure at the Environmental Protection Agency over her request that the agency devote attention to environmental problems in South Africa that were allegedly caused by an U.S. multinational mining company, Coleman-Adebayo led an effort to clean up the regulatory agency. Her campaign led to the first civil rights and whistleblower protection legislation passed in the 21st century: The Notification of Federal Employees Anti-discrimination and Retaliation Act (No FEAR).
Coleman-Adebayo was a Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of the Administrator at the EPA. On August 18, 2000, she 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.
Coleman-Adebayo earned a doctoral degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and worked with the United Nations before joining the EPA in 1990. During her time at the U.N., she also developed an expertise in African developmental issues.