BETHLEHEM, PA — A former janitor for the city has filed a federal racial discrimination lawsuit claiming he was falsely accused of stealing a candy bar, which ultimately led to his firing, according to The Express-Times.
Warren West, who is black, claims he was disciplined because of his race and is seeking more than $150,000, though a total amount is not specified, the article noted.
City spokesman Joe Kelly said the city will defend itself against the allegations made in the lawsuit and officials believe they acted appropriately.
The suit says West was taking out garbage on October 6, 2009, and returned to work by walking through the police department: West was speaking with a police officer and took a dollar candy bar out of an honor box and began to eat it, the article stated.
According to the article, West was intending to return with a dollar and walked back to his department to get one, but while he was retrieving money from his bag, two police officers approached him, frisked him and accused him of stealing the candy bar.
West was fired October 30, 2009, for unsatisfactory performance, but West says he was never spoken to about his job performance, claiming he was fired because of the candy bar encounter, the article added.
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