Attorneys for City of Augusta want former EEO director’s lawsuit dismissed

Attorneys for City of Augusta want former EEO director’s lawsuit dismissed

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The City of Augusta is fighting back against a former employee who filed a federal complaint over her termination.

Jacqueline Humphrey filed the original lawsuit back in June. According to court documents, she was Augusta’s Equal Employment Opportunity Director for six years until she was terminated in 2015.

The suit alleges she was demoted, then terminated for doing her job. In the suit, she alleges in 2014 her title was changed from Equal Employment Opportunity director to coordinator after she investigated a complaint against the city’s recreation director and notified the EEOC, which she says negatively affected her retirement vesting status. The lawsuit goes on to state that in 2015, she was unjustly terminated after processing another internal complaint and sending it to the EEOC.

Now, attorneys for the City want the lawsuit thrown out for two reasons. They say she didn’t file her complaint within 90 days of receiving her ‘right to sue’ letter and allege the person who served the summons didn’t deliver it to the right person.

That motion was filed this week at the federal courthouse on James Brown Blvd. Now, Humphries has until Aug. 19 to file a response. When the judge gets a response, he or she will review both and file a ruling.

We talked to Commissioner Marion Williams, who’s been outspoken on this issue many times during commission meetings. He said he thought her firing was wrong and supports her account of what took place.

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