The president of Western State Colorado College denies making discriminatory feedback throughout his tenure with the Denver life insurance coverage firm – The Denver Submit

Western State Colorado University President Greg Salsbury was charged in a federal lawsuit for making discriminatory comments about black employees when he was executive vice president of a major insurance company with offices in Denver.

According to a federal civil discrimination lawsuit filed in Denver District Court, Salsbury alleged that a Jackson National Life Insurance Company branch office in Atlanta was relocated to Denver in 2007 because the Atlanta labor pool was too black.

Salsbury, who has led Western State since April 2014, is traveling and is not available for comment, according to a statement released Wednesday by his office. The statement refers to an earlier article by The Denver Post.

Andy Cross, The Denver Post

Dr. Greg Salsbury, left, Western State Colorado University, was named in the Jackson National Life Insurance Company’s lawsuit.

“There is a quote in the article about an allegedly discriminatory decision made by the company about 10 years ago. Greg has been advised by Jackson’s lawyer not to comment on the matter while a lawsuit is pending, ”the statement said. “To be clear, the allegations are against Jackson, not Greg Salsbury.”

Attorneys for the US Equal Opportunities Commission filed a lawsuit against Jackson last year. In it, seven plaintiffs, all black, accused Jackson overseers, including Salsbury, of making discriminatory comments. Jackson employees claim they have been routinely humiliated, have been denied promotions and bonuses, and have been fired if they complained. Plaintiffs are demanding back payment, punitive damages and future loss of wages, according to records from EEOC attorneys and private Denver attorneys Brian Moore, Lynn Feiger and Justin Plaskov.

On March 17, 2015, the EEOC found the likely cause that Jackson, which employs more than 5,000 people and is headquartered in Lansing, Michigan, discriminates against black and female employees in recruiting, promotion and hiring. The lawsuit also alleges sexual discrimination.

Salsbury is not specifically named as a defendant in the lawsuit, but the lawsuit contains a testimony he allegedly made about the reason Jackson moved an office from Atlanta in 2007. At the time, Salsbury was Executive Vice President of Distribution for Jackson.

When two of the plaintiffs asked Salsbury to apply for outside wholesalers, he allegedly replied that “it was unheard of for black employees to make over $ 100,000.”

Salsbury earned a master’s degree in communications management from the University of Illinois and a doctorate in organizational communications from the University of Southern California. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in language communication and psychology from Southern Illinois University.

Salsbury worked for Jackson National Life Insurance Company for 17 years. During that time, he was also head of sales and regional broker-dealer channels and senior vice president of resource development, according to Western State records.

Salsbury has also written two books, “Retirementology – Rethinking the American Dream in a New Economy, But What if I Live?” And “The American Retirement Crisis”.

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