Five current and former employees filed lawsuits against the city of Forsyth, its mayor, the city council and numerous other officials for alleged civil rights violations.
Their lawsuit contends the city discriminated against black employees. Two of the employees were fired, and three continue to work for the city.
The discrimination charges began after the city hired a new police chief in December 2005. A group of black citizens began meeting to air complaints and later called for the police chief’s resignation, a request the city council rejected.
All five employees filed complaints with the EEOC, but the agency didn’t find grounds for litigation, the city’s attorney says.