The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia in Rome in December.
Former records clerk Latanya Dunn is suing Polk County and former Probate Court Judge Joyce Jones, according to the suit.
Documents state that Dunn, who is African American, claims she was the subject of several instances of racial discrimination and was fired after she reported the incidents to the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
According to the lawsuit, Dunn alleges that she complained to Jones, her former boss, about being treated less favorably than white co-workers on numerous occasions prior to June 2011.
Court documents also state that Dunn claims other reports were made to the county manager and the county’s human resources manager.
Jones suspended Dunn for three days on June 17, 2011, on grounds of alleged violations of workplace rules, according to court documents.
Dunn filed a charge of discrimination against Polk County with the EEOC July 1, 2011, according to court documents. In that charge, Dunn alleged Jones had discriminated against her because of her race, documents state.
The lawsuit states that Jones fired Dunn Aug. 10, 2011 for allegedly refusing to perform her job duties.
Dunn amended her EEOC charge Aug. 15, 2011 to allege she was terminated for her race and in retaliation for filing a racial discrimination charge with the EEOC, the lawsuit states.
Dunn is demanding a jury trial, according to the documents. Court documents also state she is seeking reinstatement to her job with no interruption in her credit for years of service, pension and other benefits. Dunn also seeks back-pay and other benefits and expenses
lost, according to the lawsuit. A trial date has not been set.