- Posted May 14, 2012 by
San Francisco, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Impact Your World
Dean Clark Meets with President of the MTA Ed Reiskin and Chris Hyashi
Dean Clark sent the following letter through email to see if the SFMTA will follow up on discrimination accusations at National Cab Company:
Chris I wanted to check in with you about the meeting we had on the 24th of April with Ed Reiskin. I trust that the SFMTA will take the matter serious and do something about it.
Jarvis helped find Eric Richoldt and it was a surprisingly hostile meeting with him. Eric seemed to expect me to do the investigation for him. I provided information for him and he never followed up with any questions. I would like to stay focused on the issues and what the SFMTA and keep the hostility out of it.
I want to be clear that I take the harassment at National Cab Company very serious and would hope the SFMTA would as well. Is there anything that can be done on your level regarding policy to help protected classes from experiencing the type of harassment I experienced while at National Cab Company? Or possibly anything else the SFMTA can do to stop this type of activity from happening in the future. I felt as though there is because you guys permit the drivers with A cards and the taxi company with permits as well. I have not heard anything from Eric, Jarvis, or you since the meeting. I do not want this swept under the rug.
I want to make sure you know that I was assaulted at work and had property damage to my personal vehicle. In addition I had to listen to verbal harassment being called a fag and faggot when the assaults were happening and even when they were not happening. This is not a matter of someone just not liking another individual, these are hate crimes that were committed at the company.
I also brought to your attention the issue of lack of air bags in the taxi's and safety concerns with the cabs. My last cab I drove while working at National did not have a camera and almost started on fire. I have photos of the cab.
I understand you are busy with other issues and respect that you have a lot to do, but as I am gaining public support I want to ensure you this is not an issue that will go away. I appreciate that Jarvis has an interest about my political career and that Eric was surprised I am able to stay in San Francisco without working. I am not sure what those things have to do with something as serious as this. I would like to see something done before someone gets seriously injured or possibly lose their life over something as discrimination. There is an open complaint that is available to the public. I will add it to the bottom of this email. I also attached it because the formatting is all messed up.
I look forward to your response. Chris I have a lot of respect for your job and think you are capable of addressing this issue. When the SFMTA first took over I thought great maybe they can break up the corruption and issues in the taxi industry.