Chaldean Chamber files complaint over allegations of West Bloomfield officials

More accusations of racism in West Bloomfield Township accusing officials of questionable comments.

The Chaldean Chamber of Commerce has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 

The allegations stem that some elected officials allegedly said about Chaldean-Americans regarding the hiring of the township supervisor's executive assistant Zia Oram. 

Oram is a Chaldean-American, and some questioned his qualifications. Others say it was because he was Chaldean. 

"We don't want to be part of any mess between individuals," said Martin Manna of the Chaldean Chamber of Commerce. "At the same time people should not go around saying Chaldeans shouldn't work in this township, Chaldeans aren't people you can trust and that Chaldeans are crooked."

Shaughnessy has denied the accusations were said by anyone.

"Many of my supporters are Chaldeans," she said. "I have a lot of Chaldean friends. There is not one shred of evidence that I have ever said anything like that. 

"I can tell you unequivocally, not true."

FOX 2 asked Township Supervisor Michele Economou Ureste if she supports the EEOC's claim against some elected officials.

"I do," she said. "At our last township board meeting, the majority of the board challenged my Chaldean hire and attempted to invalidate that hire."

Shaughnessy disagreed.

"This is all politics," she said. "The supervisor completely bypassed the hiring policy in a hire she made. It would not have mattered if the person was ... what nationality, what religion, or ethnicity they were. 

"She bypassed the hiring policy. That was the problem."

The filing of an EEO complaint is an allegation of discrimination - one that Shaughnessy believes is not true.

"It's just such a horrendous claim to make about our wonderful, beautiful community," Shaughnessy said. "I'm sad about it. I'm upset about it. It hurts all of us. It hurts the Chaldean community, it hurts the African-American community, it hurts the Jewish community. Everyone in this community who believes in diversity, and who fights for diversity every day. 

"We have never had complaints like this before."
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