Lady Justice is an allegorical personification of judicial systems’ moral influence. To symbolize her fairness and equality, she wears a blindfold. No one, no position, no social prestige, and no viewpoint should affect her judgment. She must maintain her fairness and prudence. Outside circumstances and ineptitude, on the other hand, can persuade her and tilt the scales against innocent people. Many men and women suffer and lose their jobs as a result of racial injustice and a flawed justice system.

In “Justice Delayed vs. Justice Denied: Race, Politics, and Money in State Government,” Joyce Lakes bravely comes forward and brings to light a persistent issue that has plagued America for so long.


The book depicts the many racial issues that African-Americans face in the workplace across the United States. It follows Joyce’s personal journey through a job termination by the state government, which she overcame by fighting the system to Appellate Court. She authored the book to help readers understand what occurs to African-Americans in the workplace when unprofessional and poor business ethics are tolerated and how this leads to racism in the workplace.


Joyce’s brave deposition exposes how race-related business ethics, unethical behavior, and personal agendas are decisive factors in the punishment of African-Americans in workplaces across the country. It provides a better understanding of the emotional pain that employees experience when they are involved in an employment situation that will result in their termination due to racial issues and questionable ethics to human resource personnel, supervisors, managers, business leaders, lawyers, law students, and court systems.


Furthermore, Joyce infused hope by also sharing about her faith and how God carried her through the process of fighting, healing, and moving on.

This inspiring book educates readers on their rights and to not be afraid to fight especially when you are not a fault.


Get your copy. Book is available at: Justice Delayed vs. Justice Denied: Race, Politics, and Money in State Government by Joyce M. Lakes – Your Online Publicist


Justice Delayed vs. Justice Denied: Race, Politics, and Money in State Government

Author: Joyce M. Lakes

Publisher: Your Online Publicist

Publication Date: February 2022

Genre: Social Justice, Race, Politics in the Workplace

Target Audience: Young adults, attorneys, law students, law schools, and business owners


About the Author

Her story is about how yesterday’s tears became today’s seed for her book. This book represents the renewal of strength from a painful employment termination. Joyce was hired by the State of Illinois in 1972 as a case aide in a mass hiring of more than fifteen hundred case aides statewide. Joyce was part of a mass retirement of about twelve thousand state employees thirty years later.


Joyce quickly rose through the ranks, becoming the first African American female to hold the various management positions from 1980 through 2002. Joyce was the first African American casework supervisor in Madison County Human Services from 1980 to 1983, the first African American female promoted to local office administrator in Knox County Human Services from 1983 to 1990, the first African American female promoted as the regional manager for the Belleville Child Support Office from 1990 through the termination of her employment in 1994. Upon reinstatement in 1998, Joyce was the first African American female to become the state-wide manager of the incarcerated prison program until her retirement in 2003.


After her return to work from her termination, Joyce returned to school and completed her bachelor’s of science in organizational leadership from Greenville College and her master’s of science in human resource management and development from National Louis University.


Even though her career with the State of Illinois ended in retirement, the risk in writing a tell-all book about what happened to her remains in future job offers. She believes it is necessary to tell her story to offer support for many other African Americans who are experiencing similar treatment and need the support of her story to keep the faith and not give up. Joyce believes you must manage these issues with a positive attitude and faith in your Almighty God.