Lawsuit claims racism at Waveland
By Dwayne Bremer
Aug 20, 2013, 18:27
A former city of Waveland employee has filed suit against the city claiming her termination was racially motivated and that she was treated differently than white employees.
The suit, Ethel Gladney versus the city of Waveland was filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Gulfport.
Gladney, an African-American, was a long-time court clerk for the city.
In August 2011, Gladney was laid off along with dozens of other employees during the city's budget crisis.
In her suit, Gladney claims she was told the lay-off was "temporary" and that she would be brought back at a later date.
In 2012, the city hired another person, a Caucasian, to fill the position Gladney once held, the suit said.
Gladney is currently employed as the records clerk at the Hancock County Jail.
Gladney claims that during her time working for the city, employees would often use racial slurs in her presence and that she was treated differently than other white employees.
In addition to her suit, Gladney says she has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
"The discharge of the plaintiff and the failure to rehire her was intentional racial discrimination," the suit said.
Local attorney Donald Rafferty is representing Gladney in the suit.
She is seeking back pay and punitive damages.
Waveland city attorney Gary Yarborough said Monday that they city would not yet comment because it had not received a copy of the lawsuit.