From the AJC’s Bill Rankin yesterday:
DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones and his top aides created a hostile work environment through intimidation and humiliation to bring a “darker administration” to the county, a lawyer told a federal appeals court Friday.
The executives decided they would not fire white managers and replace them with blacks because that would be blatantly illegal, attorney Chris Anulewicz said. Instead, he said, Jones and his top aides did “whatever else it takes to make them quit.”
But Judge Lanier Anderson noted that the plaintiffs’ allegations “paint a picture there was widespread racial motivation to eliminate white managers and promote black managers.” That might give rise to a hostile work environment, Anderson said.
Anulewicz said there is overwhelming evidence to show there was a plan to harass and discriminate against white managers. “There is evidence that each and every one of these people knew what was going on.”
The suit was brought by former parks director Becky Kelley, deputy director Michael Bryant, assistant director John Drake and former deputy director Herbert Lowe. Lowe, the only black plaintiff, claims he was fired for refusing to discriminate against white managers.
The drama continues here.