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Manager Racial Bias

DeKalb County, GA: (Oct-11-07) Jane McMillan, a former DeKalb County recreation program manager, filed a lawsuit against DeKalb alleging that she was racially discriminated and wrongfully terminated. McMillan, who is white, contended that her April 2004 firing by Parks and Recreation Director Marilyn Boyd Drew, an African American, was part of a plan to create a "darker administration" in the parks department. McMillan claimed that Drew had fired her, saying the she should not have given a subordinate a pay raise because she lacked the authority to do so. She alleged that her supervisor had informed her that the pay raise for the employee had been approved.

In a settlement reached, the county agreed to give McMillan back pay and reinstate her Nov. 1, 2007 so she could retire Nov. 2, 2007 with an annual $2,461 bump to her pension. US District Judge Beverly Martin signed the settlement. The agreement does not specify who that supervisor was. DeKalb Chief Executive Officer Vernon Jones initially was named a defendant in the suit, but the judge dismissed him as a defendant in 2005. Jones, executive assistant Richard Stogner and assistant administrator Morris Williams, face similar allegations of racial discrimination in another federal lawsuit filed by three white plaintiffs and a black plaintiff from the parks department. [ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION: MANAGER RACIAL BIAS]

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Published on Oct-13-07


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