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The Manatee Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Marc Dosogne is under fire for an email some in the community call sexist and discriminatory.
Dosogne sent the message out a few weeks ago to inform staff he wanted to hire for part time summer positions. It said the Boys and Girls Club doesn’t want candidates with dreadlocks or women who became pregnant as teenagers because they make poor role models.
"I am also not interested in people who can't take care of themselves physically,” the email reads. “Please do not send any applicants like that to the HR office as you will be wasting their time, and ours."
Local Southern Christian Leadership Conference President Charles Smith said the executive director should be dismissed.
“I didn't believe it until I read it,” he said. “I didn't believe that someone would put that in writing."
Smith said Dosogne disenfranchised an entire segment of the community.
"Makes no difference white or black,” he said. “Has nothing to do with education. He's looking at things you are not supposed to consider in employment."
The Boys and Girls Club of Manatee County put Dosogne on a two-week administrative leave as they look into the email. ABC Action News attempted to reach Dosogne for comment but he did not respond.
Boys and Girls Club Board Member Bob Spencer said Dosogne acknowledged the email was a mistake.
"The way it was put in the memo was inappropriate and offensive and that was not Marc's intention," he said.
Spencer added the local Boys and Girls Club Board will decide his fate after finishing their investigation.
Anything short of dismissal will not be good enough for Smith and NAACP President Susie Copeland.
"We may issue our call to action,” Copeland said. “It's that serious for us."
"He has put himself in a position where there is no way he can be rehabilitated,” Smith said. “Not here. He deserves a second chance somewhere else.”
The Boys and Girls Club said it doesn’t discriminate in hiring. The board will meet with its lawyer to review the executive director's contract. He has only been on the job six months. Spencer said all options are on the table.