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Probate court faces live claims of racial discrimination

When an employee is at his or her workplace in Kansas or Missouri, the employee can and often does work closely with colleagues and management. When colleagues and co-workers are required to work together, the working relationship is expected to be courteous and professional. Unfortunately, not all working relationships are positive and may involve employee discrimination against one or more individuals.

An employee who worked in a probate court outside of the Kansas or Missouri jurisdiction claims that she endured employment discrimination by one of the former probate judges. The employee has since stopped working at the local probate court and has filed an employee discrimination lawsuit against the former probate judge and the county.

The former employee's claim for discrimination is based on allegations of racial discrimination. The former employee is African American and she claims her race became the subject of many uncomfortable situations and comments. Specifically, the former employee claims her colleagues -- made up of largely Caucasian workers -- received more favorable treatment as compared to the treatment she received in the same workplace.

The former employee claims she reported the racial discrimination to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which is commonly referred to as the EEOC. In addition to the EEOC complaint, the former employee also claims she reported the racial discrimination incidents to the county's human resources manager. The former employee further claims she was terminated from her employment position after she filed the EEOC complaint.

As stated in the documents relating to the discrimination lawsuit, she has requested a jury trial for her case. Also stated in the former employee's lawsuit are her requests for job reinstatement, reinstatement of her employment benefits, back-pay and related expenses.

Source: The Cedartown Standard, "Former court employee files suit against county, judge," Melody Dareing, Jan. 8, 2013

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