Reprimand Suggested for Nashville Metro Public Health Staff Member Who Upset Health Equity Director Stephanie Kang


Human Resources staff at Nashville’s Metro Public Health Department (MPHD) on Tuesday recommended that the department reprimand a high-ranking employee for offending Stephanie Kang, who directs the MPHD’s Bureau of Racial and Health Equity.

That employee, Brian Todd, serves as the director of communications for MPHD, according to an MPHD fact-finding report.

Investigators suggested that staff reprimand Todd — even though Kang provoked Todd by making an issue out of his race and gender, according to the report.

Todd is a white male.

The Tennessee Star obtained the report and other documents through an open records request.

“Having an explanation for why he reacted to Dr. Kang’s judgment of him based upon his race and gender only goes so far,” according to the report.

“Mr. Todd’s explosive reaction was unprofessional at best, intimidating, and frightening at worst.”

MPHD staff earlier this month apologized for Kang emailing department employees and calling the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict “an injustice.”

Todd, according to a November 30 email to MPHD Director Gill Wright, said Kang came to his office to discuss that email — which she sent without routing through Todd’s office, as protocol required.

“During the conversation she told me that she had received emails from people in the department who were happy to see the email,” Todd wrote to the MPHD director.

“She showed me a sheet of paper with email comments and wanted to know how future emails would be written because there will be more instances of this occurring. She appeared to want to prove that the email was warranted.”

Todd said he told Kang that it’s the MPHD’s job to focus on public issues and that her “email did nothing to support addressing those challenges.”

“I asked her how many people reached out to her with concerns prior to her drafting the email. Since I don’t know the members of her team, I asked if it was anyone on her team or if there were others. She said others besides those on her team,” Todd wrote in his email to Wright.

“I asked her if she could have one or more of them come and talk to me so that I could better understand. She said they would understandably not want to bring their concerns to a white man in power. I immediately ended the conversation, let her know that was a racial and sexist comment and it was unacceptable. I came to your office, very upset, and feeling threatened to let you know I was done with the conversation and left.”

Kang, in a written statement to HR, said Todd then stood up, screamed at her, and flung a leather folder onto his desk.

“When the folder hit the table, it made a very loud noise that made my body jump, but I couldn’t voluntarily move. My eyes were very wide and my hands gripped the chair very hard as my heart beat very fast. I leaned back when he got closer to me and stood over me and continued to yell. He screamed loudly “That’s it, this conversation is over, get out of my office!” according to Kang’s account.

“He then stormed towards me, his face very red, hands still raised, standing very closely to me screaming, ‘You are going to accuse me of being a white man in leadership? This is over, get out!’ and continued screaming this over and over. I remained sitting in shock feeling confused, intimidated and scared as he stood over me and watched him swing open the door of his office and walk out continuing to scream.”

Todd, in his email to Wright, said Kang judged him by his race and sex. He said Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects him from that type of treatment.

HR investigators said Todd “cannot demonstrate that his compensation, terms, conditions, or privilege of employment have suffered any damage because of Dr. Kang’s conduct.”

“Although Dr. Kang’s conduct did not violate Title VII, her statement, made as if it were a statement of fact — that employees may not be willing to speak to Mr. Todd because of his race and gender — was inappropriate, presumptuous, and rude, and unbecoming of an employee of MPHD and the Metropolitan Government,” according to the report.

Todd has no prior corrective or disciplinary actions in his personnel folder, according to the fact-finding report.

The report also recommended Kang receive some type of professional coaching.

Read Kang’s full complaint:


Read Todd’s full statement:


Read the Human Resources’ report:

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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Stephanie Kang” by Stephanie Kang. Background Photo “Metro Nashville Public Health Department” by Metro Nashville Public Health Department.






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9 Thoughts to “Reprimand Suggested for Nashville Metro Public Health Staff Member Who Upset Health Equity Director Stephanie Kang”

  1. Congressman Swalwell

    Give the lady a break.

  2. Bob Marsh

    The real problem here is the “Bureau of Racial and Health Equity.” Sounds like something right out of “1984”.

    The person with the bigoted view is Dr. Kang.

  3. 83ragtop50

    The Metro Public Health Department exhibits extreme mental health problems. Kang is nothing more than a bigot lapping from the public trough.

  4. rick

    Where is the TV local coverage? The local new stations do no investigative reporting politically. Once channel 17 got slapped down by Commie Cooper they backed down like a bunch of yellow cowards that they are and none of them dare say a derogatory word or they be damned. The local TV stations are a joke with their parent leftist companies. Local news is the Titans, weather and how many people were killed or shot yesterday and thats it. Cooper has enough skeletons in his closet there could be a story everyday ! This is high school nonsense with Kang Kang and the other employee.

  5. Wolf Woman

    This tempest in a teapot BS is what my tax dollars are paying for! Outrageous! Here’s what I got from this event: He’s crude, belligerent and unprofessional. She’s a biased snowflake and has a problem with men and race and extremely concerned with saving face.

    What I want to know is how much time was lost from actual work due to this sophomoric display. Actually what I’d like to know what is the function of a “Bureau of Racial Health and Equity?” And how is it going to benefit a multi-racial person like me?

  6. Jay Are

    Fake equity bigots, politically empowered and paid with tax funded salaries to use their racist color judgments to criticize white males as “white males in power,” is a perfect example of the media/education/politics infested systemic racism, this overgrowth of legalized bigots are causing, rather than resolving.

  7. John

    Good gosh….I thought these people had way past middle school mentality. Then again, I’ve personally worked with people like Kang and they are impossible! What that woman said in her email had no bearing on her job. She’s nothing more than a race baiter and a drama queen. Why does she have a job to begin with? Why does her job position even exist? This woke culture is getting tiresome.

  8. rick

    Kang Kang is liberal progressive Democratic wacko that fits with the low class administration of Commie “the Taxman” Cooper.
    Kang Kang and Commie Cooper are an embarrassment to Nashville!

  9. Star poster

    ….and not one other local news agency will pick this up. What a surprise.