Famous civil rights group Southern Poverty Law Center accused of 'systemic racism and sexism'

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Employees at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Alabama have spoken out against what they say is a culture of 'racism and sexism' at the famous civil rights nonprofit group.

The Southern Poverty Law Center was founded in the early 70s to monitor the activities of domestic hate groups.

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The SPLC says the organization is currently tracking more than 1,600 extremist groups. The Ku Klux Klan and the neo-Nazi movement are two movements mentioned on the center's website.

The claims center around allegations that the SPLC suffers systemic problems with racism and sexism and from a 'pervasive racist culture and an environment in which a woman is not seen or heard,' according to CNN who spoke with three current employees on guarantee of anonymity.

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One of those employees alleged that 'qualified African-American employees were regularly passed over for promotions.' The woman added, 'My boss only hires white people.'

The SPLC have gone on to change its leadership. Co-founder, five-times married Morris Dees, was fired earlier this month for unspecified misconduct.

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Former Michelle Obama's Chief-of-Staff Tina Tchen has been appointed to lead a company-wide review.

On March 22, SPLC President Richard Cohen stepped down, resigning a little more than a week after he fired Dees.

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'When one of our own fails to meet those standards, no matter his or her role in the organization, we take it seriously and must take appropriate action,' Cohen said in a statement following Dees departure.

'We've heard from our staff that we need to do a better job of making sure that our...
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