Report links Mfume to favoritism at NAACP

April 28, 2005 at 9:05 AM
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WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- Former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume allegedly gave promotions and raises to women he had personal relationships with, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

Citing a confidential NAACP report said the allegations against Mfume were not necessarily true but the charges could be "very difficult to defend persuasively" in a lawsuit, the Post said.

Mfume denied the allegations.

The 22-page document was prepared for the NAACP leadership who were looking into claims by a female employee, the Post said. The woman had asked for two years' salary -- about $140,000 according to the newspaper -- in exchange for not filing a formal complaint or lawsuit. The NAACP would not tell the Post whether the woman had been paid a settlement.

The report said within the NAACP there was "the impression created that a woman must provide sexual favors to Mr. Mfume or his associates in order to receive favorable treatment in the workplace," the Post said.

Mfume, 56, resigned as president of the NAACP in November saying he wanted to spend more time with his 15-year-old son. He recently announced his intention to run for a U.S. Senate seat in Maryland.

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