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Fired in Fayetteville, former employee alleges racism

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A black man who was fired by the Fayetteville Public Works Com­mis­­sion (PWC) has filed a race discrimination lawsuit alleging that the commission consistently favors white employees over black employees.

The PWC claims it fired the man, who worked there for 11 years, for misconduct. It alleges he tampered with his water meter and didn’t pay his sewer and water bills.

Neither side has made its case particularly well. The man complained to the EEOC, which investigated, but it couldn’t substantiate any discrimination. When the commission contested the man’s bid for unemployment benefits, unemployment officials said the PWC’s evidence of misconduct was unconvincing.

For his part, the former employee claims the charges against him were a pretext for racial discrimination. He notes that four white employees were caught tampering with their time sheets and were only given five-day suspensions.

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