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Custodian files lawsuit

September 14, 2011

CHARLESTON, WV — The fate of a lawsuit filed by a former Capital High School custodian, claiming he was racially harassed, is in the hands of a circuit judge, according to the Charleston Daily Mail.

In 2008, Willis McLemore sued the Kanawha County Board of Education, Principal Clinton Giles and his supervisor Frank Thompson, claiming he was harassed with racial slurs, the article stated.

According to the article, the attorney for the school board, Jan Fox, has made a motion for a summary judgment, which requests the judge decides the case based on the facts prior to going to a jury.

Fox claims McLemore was evaluated several times before his work was determined to be “poor,” the article noted.

"The plaintiff was warned that if he did not improve his work he would be put on a plan of improvement," Fox told Kanawha Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib.

"Before that plan was instituted, he resigned," Fox added.

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