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Woman files workplace discrimination suit against city

When people in Florida are mistreated at work on the basis of gender and race, it is natural for them to feel violated, but, fortunately, they have the right to seek to hold their former employers accountable. One woman in another state is doing this by filing a million-dollar workplace discrimination suit against a city's mayor and the city itself. The African-American woman claimed that she was terminated because of her gender and race.

The woman was reportedly fired over alleged issues with job performance based on city leaders' accounts. City leaders reported that race was not a factor in her termination. They said they did all they could to help her to succeed in her city clerk position during her employment.

The city hired the woman in 2008. She was put on administrative leave before being terminated the next day in 2013. That is when she filed a complaint claiming she suffered sexual and racial discrimination with a state civil rights department. The department advised her that she had the right to file a lawsuit. The woman claimed that if she were a Caucasian man, she would not have been subjected to the same treatment.

According to the suit, the city's omissions and wrongful acts caused the woman to suffer emotional and physical distress, as well as mental anguish. She claimed that she also lost her professional reputation, was embarrassed and was humiliated as a result of how the city treated her. An understanding of which facts need to be proven in order to win this type of workplace discrimination case will most likely be essential. A victorious outcome in a discrimination case in Florida may result in damages being awarded and can also result in reinstatement.

Source:, "Lauri Parks claims city is predisposed to racial discrimination", Dec. 16, 2014

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