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Discrimination lawsuit to go to trial: Did Dekalb County try to create a “darker administration?” November 26, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Anti-White, Black, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Fired, Racism, racism and discrimination, Racist, White.

A federal appeals court has ruled that a race discrimination lawsuit against top officials in DeKalb County can go to trial.

The two-year-old suit alleges that DeKalb officials replaced white employees with black ones in parks management to create a “darker administration” that better reflects the county’s racial makeup.

U.S. District Court Judge William Duffey ruled Nov. 21 that a jury will weigh on two current and two former county employees’ claims that they were treated with hostility and were forced to resign or were wrongfully terminated.

DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Vernon Jones, executive assistant Richard Stogner, parks director Marilyn Boyd Drew and assistant administrator Morris Williams deny the lawsuit’s allegations. The judge dismissed Joe Stone, DeKalb’s human resources director, from the suit.

The suit was filed by three whites _ Becky Kelley, Michael Bryant and John Drake _ and one black, Herbert Lowe, who says he was fired because he would not discriminate against white managers.

Officials with the DeKalb County parks department deny the claim.

According to Duffey’s ruling, the environment at the department could be perceived by a jury as “pervasively and discriminatorily hostile and abusive.”

Kelley, who was parks director for nine years before Jones took office in 2001, claims Williams told her Jones would not accept a white candidate for deputy director and Stogner suggested she offer the position to Drew, who is black.

A year later Kelley was replaced by Drew in a restructuring by Jones. Kelley resigned in October 2002.

Kelley, Bryant and Drake claim their job responsibilities were greatly reduced and they were intentionally kept out of the loop on hiring and other department issues. Lowe said Drew told him to withhold information from white employees so they would appear to be incompetent.

Lowe also said he was told by Jones, Stone and Drew that the CEO’s plan was to increase the park department’s number of black managers by removing white managers.

C.a.r.d {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: Accessnorthga.com

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