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Custodian settles in discrimination case

November 4, 2011

CHARLESTON, WV — A former Capital High School custodian has settled a racial discrimination lawsuit after some of his claims were dismissed by a circuit judge, according to the Charleston Daily Mail.

Willis McLemore will be paid $15,000 by the Kanawha County Board of Education, the article stated.

According to the article, McLemore had alleged that his supervisor, Frank Thompson, had used racial slurs behind his back and created a hostile work environment, forcing him to quit.

Defense attorneys claimed that McLemore''s work wasn''t satisfactory and he only quit in order to avoid the restrictions of an improvement period, the article noted.

Judge Paul Zakaib dismissed the claims of racial discrimination and retaliatory discharge, but agreed that there was a hostile work environment and a constructive discharge, the article added.

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