Former and current employees at a New York Planned Parenthood clinic says the ex-CEO of the Greater New York clinic was abusive and had a history of “systemic racism.”
According to Faithwire, Former CEO Laura McQuade was fired from the top spot at the clinic after more than 300 Planned Parenthood current and former employees signed a letter calling for her termination.
“The CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY), Laura McQuade, has proven to be a toxic leader and autocrat, and we, the current and former staff of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, write this letter to demand her immediate removal,” the letter said.
“We are expressing our profound lack of confidence in Laura McQuade, our Chief Officers, and our Board of Directors. In her two-and-a-half-year tenure, McQuade has created a culture of fear and intimidation; we have witnessed her cull dissenters and surround herself with enablers. Through abusive behavior and financial malfeasance, we have watched her fundamentally threaten the fiscal and operational viability of Planned Parenthood’s largest affiliate and its 900 employees.”
McQuade was named CEO of the clinic in 2017. Previously, she was in charge of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Plans affiliate.
Employees reported that McQuade would allegedly “berate” and “yell,” “slam her fists,” and “verbally abuse,” “humiliate,” and “bully” employees. Staffers also said she made racist comments.
Finally, McQuade has also been accused of “financial mismanagement.”
“Planned Parenthood was founded by a racist, white woman. That is a part of history that cannot be changed,” the letter says. “While efforts have been made to undo some of the harm from institutional racism, many of these issues have worsened under McQuade’s tenure.”
Alexis McGill Johnson, acting president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said the accusations against McQuade are “serious” and “do not align with Planned Parenthood’s standards or our values.”
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