Vera Richardson is a 58 year old African- American who attended the University of Florida for three years and graduated from State University of New York at Brockport in 1989. Richardson believes race is a very difficult reality of life in America. She also believes that her entire life including her three year hostile employment discrimination experience uniquely qualified her to advance a thoughtful conversation on race, race relations, and one form of racism employment discrimination.
Her book "Screwed by Former Governor and Attorney General Eliot Spitzer" is a non-fiction account of Vera Richardson’s David and Goliath battle with Spitzer. The book details Richardson’s humble, and poverty stricken childhood, her determination to obtain a middle-class lifestyle for herself and her family, obtaining her dream of graduating from college and becoming a professional only to have that dream shattered by New York State Department of Correctional Services and Eliot Spitzer.
Richardson Title VII Civil Right Act of 1964 (employment discrimination and retaliation) case was dismissed and thrown out of court because of seven (7) perjured declarations filed by Eliot Spitzer. After the dismissal she appealed the clearly unjust dismissal of her lawsuit Pro-Se (without an attorney) all the way to the United States Supreme Court. On November 4, 2002, the Court denied Richardson justice by refusing to review the case. On November 4, 2008, Pres Obama was elected this nation’s first African-American president. Richardson believes that nothing happens in this world by chance.
On November 6, 2012, President Obama was reelected. President Obama’s presidency and his signing of Lilly Ledbetter Act, "Screwed by Former Governor and Attorney General Eliot Spitzer" Associate Justice Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing to the United States Supreme Court, and the Court’s ruling in the Ricci v. DeStefano (New Haven Fire Fighters) case have presented this country with the perfect opportunity to discuss, address, and investigate a true case of employment discrimination. Richardson believes that President Obama needs to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 again to prevent judges from denying victims like Richardson from having a JURY to decide their employment discrimination cases.