Monroe County Pays $100,000 To Settle Racial Discrimination Lawsuit
Monroe County will pay former Public Works Department employee Benjamin Moore nearly $100,000 to settle a racial discrimination lawsuit. According to published accounts Moore, an African-American, was passed over for promotions because of his race. Moore first filed his complaint of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") Moore said supervisor Marty Gates regularly used racial slurs toward him and other employees.
In a remarkable turn of events Gates admitted to using the racial slurs. Moore did not let the county get away with this type of behavior and he pursued his claim with the EEOC and forced a settlement. The county tried to allege that Moore had excessive absences and that is why he was fired but obviously paying $100,000 to Moore tells the real story.